Home Inspections & Appraisals

Our inspection team has walked through thousands of homes, and they're sharing everything you should know.

Appraised vs market value: What’s the difference?
Home Inspections & Appraisals
Appraised vs market value: What’s the difference?

An appraised value is a professional valuation of your home’s worth, while the market value is what buyers will pay for it.

Radon gas in homes: What you need to know
Home Inspections & Appraisals
Radon gas in homes: What you need to know

The presence of radon doesn’t have to be a deal breaker, especially if there’s a radon mitigation system in the home. It just helps to be prepared.

A guide to pest inspections
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A guide to pest inspections

Pest inspections provide an examination of your property to evaluate signs of unwelcome critters and provide recommendations for dealing with them.

How to back out of the deal after a bad home inspection
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How to back out of the deal after a bad home inspection

When it comes to bad inspections, you have to decide how much risk, negotiation, and additional investment you’re comfortable with for a house you love.

How to appeal or dispute an appraisal
Home Inspections & Appraisals
How to appeal or dispute an appraisal

Low home appraisals aren’t a common occurrence, but they do happen. Don't panic: You may have some recourse. Learn how to review and appeal your appraisal.

How Long Is a Home Appraisal Good For?
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How Long Is a Home Appraisal Good For?

Home appraisals don't technically expire. But if you wait too long, your lender might not accept it. Read on to learn how long your appraisal is valid.

What is a desktop appraisal — and should you be comfortable using ne?
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What is a desktop appraisal — and should you be comfortable using ne?

A new method for home appraisals uses technology to make this part of the process faster, cheaper, and more efficient.

Can You Sell a Home for More Than the Appraised Value?
Home Inspections & Appraisals
Can You Sell a Home for More Than the Appraised Value?

The appraisal is a very important point in the home sale process. Still, a low appraisal doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get your desired purchase price.

Everything you need to know about home inspections
Home Inspections & Appraisals
Everything you need to know about home inspections

Home inspections are crucial to identifying potential problems with the home and laying out what you might spend on maintenance after moving in.

Does the appraisal price have to match the sale price?
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Does the appraisal price have to match the sale price?

Homebuyers use appraisals to help secure a mortgage loan. So what happens if the home appraises for more than what a lender is willing to give you?

How to Find a Good, Reputable Home Inspector
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How to Find a Good, Reputable Home Inspector

While all home inspectors should provide nearly identical services, some are much more thorough and communicative than others.

Do new constructions really need a home inspection?
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Do new constructions really need a home inspection?

Most new construction homes typically don't require an inspection, but that doesn't mean you should skip it. In fact, you should make it a priority to get one.

What Is a Septic Inspection — And Should You Get One?
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What Is a Septic Inspection — And Should You Get One?

Septic inspections usually are not included in a typical home inspection, so you’ll have to get one separately. They're often worth it.

What fixes are required after a home inspection?
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What fixes are required after a home inspection?

Technically, repairs aren't “mandatory” after a home inspection but they may be necessary for the seller, especially when not fixing them means losing the sale.

What is a home sale contingency?
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What is a home sale contingency?

Juggling both buying and selling isn't easy, so some people choose to include a home sale contingency in their offer on a new home.

The only home appraisal checklist you need
Home Inspections & Appraisals
The only home appraisal checklist you need

How can you make sure your home buying or selling journey goes as smoothly as possible? This home appraisal checklist for buyers and sellers will do just that.

Home appraisals: Everything you need to know
Home Inspections & Appraisals
Home appraisals: Everything you need to know

A home appraisal ensures that you don't pay more than what it's worth. Getting the property appraised is an essential step in any home purchase or sale.

3 reasons to get a pre-inspection
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3 reasons to get a pre-inspection

Thinking about selling your home? Here are three reasons why getting a pre-listing home inspection could help you sell your home faster and for top dollar.

How long does a home inspection take?
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How long does a home inspection take?

A home inspection only takes two to four hours to complete, but you will have to wait few days to receive the inspection report.