What’s the Difference between a Home Inspection and an Appraisal?By WIN Home Inspection Twitter Facebook LinkedIn
When you’re getting ready to buy or sell a home, an appraisal and home inspection are part of the process. Since both assessments require a deeper look at your home to aid in the sales process, many first-time home buyers have difficulty differentiating between the two. However, there are some key differences between them:
What is a Home Appraisal?An appraisal provides valuable information for the buyer and seller, but an appraiser’s primary mission is to protect the lender. Lenders don’t want to own overpriced properties, so appraisers take a look at a home before the lender grants final approval for a buyer’s loan.
Although appraisers will take note if a house shows signs of neglect – from chipped paint to broken windows – this is not their primary focus in determining a home’s value. Instead, they’ll look at a variety of other factors, including:
What is a Home Inspection?An appraisal isn’t a substitute for a professional home inspection. While the appraiser formulates an opinion of a property’s value, the home inspection will educate the buyer about the condition of the home and its major components.
The inspector will key in on the home’s existing and potential future issues, alerting buyers of any red flags or areas that need repair. This will not only help the buyer negotiate a fair purchase price, it will also give them an idea of the home’s safety and potential maintenance needs.
Inspectors take a deeper look at a home’s overall condition and mechanical systems, including the state of the home’s: