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  • Writer's pictureBob and Kathy Parmenter

What is the difference between a home inspection and an appraisal?

Updated: Aug 27, 2023

Purpose: A home inspection evaluates the condition of a property, while an appraisal determines its value.

Conducted by: Inspections are usually performed by a home inspector, appraisals by a licensed appraiser.

Factors considered: Inspections consider the property's physical condition, while appraisals consider the property's value based on recent sales of similar homes and market conditions.

Used for: Inspections are typically required for home purchases, appraisals for mortgage lending and property tax assessments.

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