Preparing for the Appraisal
If you are selling or refinancing your home, it will be to your benefit to see that the appraisal process goes smoothly. There are several things that you can do prior to the arrival of the appraiser that can ensure a proper and accurate appraisal.
In most cases, lenders want the appraisal to reflect the "as is” status of the property. This means that the appraiser needs to have access to all areas of the home. Otherwise, the appraiser will need to make the appraisal "subject to” certain assumptions about areas the appraiser cannot access and the lender may refuse to make the loan. To facilitate access, you can:
- Make sure that all rooms can be entered by the appraiser. For example, if some family members work nights and sleep days, arrangements will need to be made for the appraiser to view all rooms.
- Ensure that appraiser has clean and dry access to crawlspaces and attics. Access doors must be opened so the appraiser can at least conduct a "head and shoulders” viewing.
- Garages, storage areas, closets, basements, etc. all must be viewed by the appraiser.
- The appraiser will be taking interior and exterior photographs
Legal and Title Issues
If you have information on any of the following, please have it available to the appraiser.
- Title work
- Information on easements or encroachments
- Copies of permits for additions or recent work on the house
- Property survey
- Information on the previous sales history of the home
- Recent tax bill
- Information on private road, if applicable
Coverage Areas and Property Types
For industrial, commercial, agricultural, and special purpose properties we cover all areas in California. We also perform business valuations on a case by case basis.
For all residential and 2-4 units we cover the following counties:
- Butte County
- Colusa County
- Glenn County
- Lake county
- Lassen County
- Placer County
- Plumas County
- Sacramento County
- Shasta County
- Sutter County
- Tehama County
- Yolo County
- Yuba County