Although the home appraisal may seem similar to the home inspection, the goals of these two processes are very different.

  • – The appraiser determines the value of the house.
  • – The inspector determines any repairs needed and their potential cost.
Typical Duties Home Inspector Appraiser
Checks the condition of all major systems and structures in and around the home, such as HVAC and roofing. X X
May provide repair cost estimates for any damage or latent issues that may influence the home purchase price negotiations. X
Checks the prices of recent comparable home sales in the area. X
Gives the buyer and lender a report detailing their findings and the repair recommendations. X
Gives the buyer, seller, and lender a report detailing how they calculated the value of the home. X