What First Time Home Buyers Should Look for in a Home Appraiser

As a first time buyer, there is a chance that you will need the services of a good home appraiser. If you want to know what the real value of a property is before you purchase it you may be able to have your own appraisal done of the property. This can aid you in your decision to make an offer or stay away. While you might need an appraiser for this, the last thing that you want is to get tied up with a poor appraiser. You need to find a quality appraiser that can provide what you need. Here are a few things that you should look for in a home appraiser. 


One thing that is important in a good appraiser is their promptness. You want them to show up when you want them and do their work on time. If they come look at a house and take several weeks to get you the results, then it will not do you much good. You need someone that can do the job in a timely manner and be at appointments on time.

Good Reputation

It is important that you check up on the reputation of the appraiser that you are considering. There will most likely be several appraisers in your area that you could use. However, only a few of them will get the majority of the work. They get so much work because of their good reputation. You can ask around and see who people recommend. If you are using a buyer's agent, your agent might have some recommendations that you could look at. If someone recommends an appraiser, you will usually feel much better about the work that they do. 


You will also want your real estate appraiser to be certified. Most of the time an appraiser goes through an apprenticeship and leans from an experienced appraiser. This way they see several appraisals and get guidance from an experienced appraiser before they go out on their own. This will help them do a more professional job for you and their other clients. 

Follow Through

Another quality that you need to look for in your real estate appraiser is the ability to follow through. When they tell you something, they need to follow through on their promises. If they tell you one thing and do another, you will very quickly become frustrated with them. You will soon be hiring another appraiser because they were not able to live up to their promises. Follow through is a very important quality for everyone, but when it comes to valuing your potential future house, you want them to do an exceptionally good job. Make sure that you find an appraiser that follows through on their promises to you. 

Reasonable Rates

Real estate appraisers all have their own rates. You need to make sure that you choose one that is in line with everyone else in the area. You want a good appraiser but you do not want to overpay for their services.