The purpose of an appraisal is to determine the home’s value so the lender knows the property’s worth. A trained appraiser is an unbiased third-party. It’s their job to understand the real estate in a particular area and how yours compares. The lender orders the appraisal and uses it to justify the amount of money lent for the home. Depending on the loan amount and the property, more than one appraisal may be required.
Home inspections are different from appraisals. A licensed inspector does a thorough examination of all the workings of the home. The inspector will likely review items like the age and condition of the roof, appliances, heating and air conditioning, windows, plumbing, and more. The inspection report will list out any deficiencies and repairs needed.