How to Choose a Real Estate Appraiser in Napa County, CA

August 19, 2016 10:55 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Whenever you are looking to purchase new property, you need the assistance of a real estate appraiser in Napa County, CA to analyze the property and determine its value. In this way, you can make sure you are paying an appropriate amount in the transaction. With it being quite possibly the largest transaction you will ever be engaged in, having an appraisal come through close to or above the amount you will be paying for the property is extremely important.

But how exactly do you choose an appraiser? Here are just a few factors you will want to consider:

  • Location: You should work with a real estate appraiser who has a significant amount of experience in your area. This type of experience will give the appraiser a better ability to compare your home or property to other similar properties in the area.
  • Training: Appraisers must have the proper education and training if you are to trust they will complete their assessments accurately. There are a number of training and certification requirements appraisers must fulfill. Look for appraisers who have completed all of these certifications, and who go to additional lengths to continue educating and training themselves throughout their careers on a regular basis.
  • Reputation: Before you hire an appraiser, you should be sure to browse as many reviews, testimonials and references as possible. Check the appraisal service’s website, look for information on Google reviews and other similar sites, and seek out other people who are familiar with your potential appraiser choices. Ask family members and friends who have recently purchased property which appraisal service they used and the experiences they had with them.
  • The actual professional who will inspect the property: Just because the appraisal service itself has all of its certifications and licenses does not necessarily mean the individual person assigned to perform your inspection will be fully qualified. If at all possible, get more information about the individual appraisers working for the company, and some history about their experience, qualifications, skills, etc.
  • Experience: It’s simple: the more experience an appraiser has in the field, the more types of homes and properties they have inspected. This gives them better reference for determining property values and making comparisons to other properties they have previously analyzed to help make their decisions.
  • Experience in the specific type of property: It’s easy to find appraisers for a regular residential home purchase. But if you are looking at purchasing a more specialized type of property, you need to make sure the appraisal service you choose has experience in that particular area. For example, County Appraisals Inc. has significant experience in providing appraisals for wineries, vineyards, agricultural properties, vacant lots and more, in addition to standard homes and buildings.

Still looking for more assistance in making your appraisal decision? Contact us today at County Appraisals Inc. for more information about choosing a real estate appraiser in Napa County, CA, and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.

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