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How do I get ready for the Appraiser?

How do I get ready for the Appraiser?

The first step in most Appraisals is scheduling a time for the Appraiser visit the home during which time the Appraiser will measure it, determine the layout of the rooms inside, confirm all aspects of the home’s general condition, and take several photos of your house for inclusion in the report. The best thing you can do to help is make sure the Appraiser has easy access to all areas of your home, i.e. the exterior (trim any bushes and move any items that would make it difficult to measure the structure) and the interior (make sure the Appraiser can easily access items like furnaces and water heaters). The following items, if available, will help your Appraiser to provide a more accurate Appraisal in a shorter period of time:

  • A survey of the house and property
  • A recent tax bill (i.e. MPAC Assessment)
  • A list of personal property to be sold with the house (if applicable)
  • A copy of the original plans
  • List of any improvements you have completed to the home (i.e. updated kitchen, new furnace, etc.)
  • List outlining any rents, utility expenses, etc. (rental property only)