When buying or reselling a home, you should have a thorough understanding of the various types of property valuations. Appraisal and home inspection are the two most common types. These two evaluations, while important, serve different purposes. We will compare the differences between a home appraisal and an appraisal in this blog and explain why they are both important.


A licensed appraiser evaluates the value of property. An appraisal’s purpose is to determine a property’s fair market value. The appraiser will consider various factors, such as the location, size and age of the property. They will also look at recent sales of properties similar to the property in the area. The goal of an appraisal is to determine a property’s value in its current state.

The appraiser usually visits the property during the appraisal process. During this visit the appraiser will take measurements, evaluate the condition of the property, and note any unique characteristics. The appraiser will use this information to produce a report which includes a description of the home, comparable sales from the area and the appraiser’s opinion on the value.

Home Inspection

A home inspection involves a licensed home inspector evaluating the condition of the property. The purpose of a property inspection is to identify defects or problems with the home. The inspector will look at various components such as the roof and foundation, plumbing, electricity, and HVAC. The inspection aims to identify any problems that could impact the safety or livability.

The home inspection process usually involves an inspector visiting the property. During this inspection, the inspector will evaluate and take measurements of the property. He will also note any defects. The inspector uses this information to write a report which includes a detailed account of the property’s condition, any defects found, and suggestions for repairs.


The purpose of an appraisal and a house inspection is the main difference. An appraisal is used for determining the fair market value, while a home inspector is used to identify defects or issues in the property. Lenders typically require an appraisal when obtaining a loan, while a buyer can opt for a home inspection but it is highly recommended.

A second difference is the scope. An appraisal usually focuses on a property’s condition in general, whereas a home inspector will examine specific components. An appraisal can take into account a property’s location or recent sales in an area, whereas a home inspector focuses on its physical condition.


Both an appraisal and home inspection are important evaluations to make when buying or evaluating a property. They both involve a site visit and a report on the findings. However, they have different purposes.

An appraisal determines the fair-market value of the property while a home inspection identifies defects or issues. When buying a property, it’s important to have an appraisal as well as a home inspection. This will help you make an informed choice about the value and condition of the home.