A property assessment is an excellent approach to discovering the current state of the local real estate market.  

Has the local real estate market recently been affected? 

Have you just renovated your home? 

Are you looking for an investment? 

Do you want to upsize or downsize? 

Or are you simply curious as to what your property's net worth is?

When you understand the facts regarding the worth of your most valuable asset, you can make better decisions that will benefit your present and future financial well-being.

So, What exactly is a home appraisal?

A home or property appraisal is the procedure through which a real estate appraiser evaluates a home's fair market value. It can reassure both you and your lender that the amount you've decided to pay for a house is reasonable. Appraisals are also frequently done to evaluate property taxes, making them mandatory in most Canadian counties.

It also prevents you from overpaying for a home that is worth less than what it is being sold for. If you require a mortgage to purchase a property, your real estate agent will most likely advise you to add an appraisal contingency in the sales contract.

Home Inspection vs. Home Appraisal

A house appraisal is not the same as a home inspection, which is a far more thorough procedure. An inspector does a house inspection to precisely search for faults in the home and evaluates whether certain areas require repairs.

A real estate inspector may test the outlets, operate the furnace to determine whether it can maintain a steady temperature, and examine the roof to see if it was professionally placed.

A property appraiser will consider visual flaws, such as a caved-in roof or the absence of proper pipework, but they will not look for particular problems. Instead, the appraiser focuses on the overall worth of the property without delving into deeper concerns.

Other House Appraisal Types

Depending on your scenario, some lenders may schedule a different sort of assessment in addition to the typical in-person meeting. Technology has made it simpler to determine the worth of a house without personally viewing it in recent years.

A hybrid evaluation combines both a virtual and in-person visit. To examine the property, the investor/buyer will take images from the listing or a house inspection. And will engage a local real estate professional to visit the house and gather more knowledge, like room measurements or verifying certain features.

What Factors Does A Property Appraisal Include?

  • Property Size

During a property evaluation, the real estate agent will consider the overall size of the land, the scale of the structure on the site, and the size of the key areas within the home. For instance, how big is the living room or master bedroom? Is there parking available? What's the size of the garden and/or terrace/balcony? Or is it a carport or a lock-up garage?

Number of Bedrooms available

Bedrooms are an important part of the home evaluation process. Typically, more bedrooms indicate a greater market worth. When doing an evaluation, however, the real estate agent will consider the size of the bedrooms, if they have ensuite, built-in closets, vistas, and so on.

  • Fittings and fixtures

Fixtures and fittings are not always sold along with the house. Blinds, for instance, are not required to be provided. Light fixtures are no exception. When examining the fixtures and fittings, the agent will first consider if they will be included in the sale price, and if so, in what condition.

While it may appear insignificant, a potential buyer stepping into your home and seeing everything they need to fix may cause the price to drop.

  • Improvement opportunities

No property is perfect, but some flaws are more severe than others. When evaluating a home for appraisal, the real estate agent will search for any areas that could be improved or simply updated. It might be as easy as a fresh coat of paint or changing the doorknobs. Other projects might include remodelling the kitchen or bathroom.

As with anything, you must measure the expense of the repair against the prospect of a better sale price.

  • Location

Location, location, location, as the saying goes. When it comes to property appraisal, location is crucial. When considering location, an agent will consider not just the street the property is on and its proximity to local attractions, but also what educational constituency the property is in, what facilities are close, and what public transportation lines are accessible. 

But keep in mind that just because your home isn't near anything doesn't imply it won't sell for a fair price. Quieter streets and places are sometimes just as attractive.

  • Structure and condition of the building

The stronger the structure and the better its condition, the more valuable your property is going to be. Let's face it: any savvy potential buyer will seek a building report, and any cracks (both metaphorical and actual) will be revealed. Your home does not have to be the most expensive or contemporary, but the better built it is, the higher the price. Most purchasers do not want to perform any structural work.

When potential buyers go through the door, overall appearance and fit-out presentation are critical. Listen to your agent if they recommend relocating furniture or removing some entirely. Your home must entice customers with excellent presentation, but it must also leave some ideas to the buyer's imagination; they must imagine themselves in your property.

  • Accessibility

The ease of access to the property will be considered by the real estate agent doing the property evaluation. This includes access to the front door, parking, and even utility access.

While some may enjoy walking up a few flights of stairs, others could despise it. The easier it is to get there, the more attractive it is.

  • Design and limitations

When you sell a property, you are also selling the property's potential in the near future as well as in long-term value. So, while assessing a property, a real estate agent will always look at what other operators have done in your region in terms of construction, as well as whether there are any planning limitations in the area and for your specific block.

Local council zoning may also influence what a person may and cannot do with a plot of land, and if there are many limitations, it may deter potential buyers.

  • Market trends and previous local sales

There's no doubt that the state of the market will typically determine how much your home is worth. A realtor will research previous sales in the region as well as broader market trends to determine what price to provide to you as a suggestion.

However, while the market might provide useful information on purchasing prices, it is not the be-all and end-all. A potential buyer may stroll through your front door and instantly fall in love.


Remember that you have the final say in the selling price of your property, but engaging the services of a skilled local agent may provide you with helpful suggestions, including methods to market your home.


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