Many homeowners have questions about their participation in the appraisal process and whether they are allowed to be present.

A homeowner’s presence during an appraisal can be a great way to share valuable information regarding their property with the appraiser and answer any questions he may have. In this post, we’ll explore the issue of whether or not the homeowner can be in attendance during an appraisal. We will also discuss potential benefits and considerations. Let’s jump in!

Understanding the Appraisal Process

Understanding the appraisal process is essential before delving further into the presence of the homeowner during the appraisal. A certified appraiser will conduct an appraisal to determine the property’s market value. Appraisers consider factors like location, size and condition of the property as well as comparable sales when determining its market value.

The Homeowner’s Role

While the appraiser performs an independent assessment, the homeowner may be able to play a part in the process. Homeowners usually provide access to their property and all the areas that require appraisal. Also, homeowners may provide information on recent renovations, upgrades or other details that might impact the value of a property.

Can a homeowner be present at the event?

It’s not always clear if a homeowner is allowed to be present during an appraisal. The answer can depend on many factors, including local customs and the appraisers’ preference. The appraiser might allow the homeowner’s presence in some situations, but may not do so in others.

There are several benefits of having the homeowner present at the time of the appraisal if the appraiser permits this.

  1. Clarifying Property features: The homeowner could point out special features or recent upgrades that are not immediately obvious to the appraiser. This information will help the appraiser to arrive at a more accurate valuation of the home.
  2. Answering questions: The appraiser can ask the homeowner any questions they may have, including the age and maintenance history of the property or its boundaries. This dialogue can help the appraiser gain a deeper understanding of your property.
  3. Correcting Misunderstandings. Sometimes the appraiser will misinterpret a property’s features. By being present, a homeowner can clear up any misunderstandings or provide context which could influence the appraiser’s evaluation.

Considerations and Appraiser’s Preferences

It’s important to follow the guidelines and respect the preferences of your appraiser. Some appraisers choose to work alone to maintain objectivity, and to avoid potential homeowner influence. To understand the appraiser’s preferences and expectations, it is important to communicate in advance.


Although there is no definitive answer to whether a home owner can be present for the appraisal, it is worth discussing the option with the appraiser. The presence of a homeowner during an appraisal can provide the homeowner with valuable insight and clarify features about their property. But it is important to follow the guidelines and respect the appraisers’ preferences. In the end the focus should be on providing comprehensive and accurate information about the real estate to ensure an accurate and fair appraisal.