How to Prepare for an Appraisal

To help the appraisal go as smoothly as possible we generally recommend you take the following actions and prepare the listed documents, if available, for the appraiser.

Checklist:

  • Unlock all padlocks on the property.
  • Keep a leash on pets or remove them from the property.
  • Make sure all areas of the home are accessible. 
  • Make sure there are smoke detectors in every bedroom.
  • CO monitor within 15 feet of a bedroom
  • Make sure hot water tank is strapped.  
  • Outbuildings such as garages, sheds, pool houses, cabanas, etc. need to be accessible. (FHA/VA)
  • Ensure furnace and water heater are accessible.
  • Confirm heating and air conditioning are operational. (FHA/VA) 
  • Address any exposed wiring in living area and install faceplates covers if missing. 

Documents: 

  • Copy of original house plans if available. 
  • Information on any written private agreements, such as a shared driveway with a neighbor.
  • A list of any personal property that is part of the home and you intend to be sold with the home, such as an oven, or a washer and dryer.
  • Title policy that lists encroachments or easements. 
  • Any inspection reports, or other recent reports for termites, EIFS (synthetic stucco) wall systems, your septic system and your well.
  • A list of any major home improvements and enhancements (for example, the addition of central air conditioning, garage conversions or roof repairs). Please include the purchase and installation date, along with permit confirmation if available.
  • If applicable, provide the condominium budget and year-end statement.