How to Prepare for an Appraisal
Certain preparation by the property owner or representative is helpful to ensure the appraisal gets completed efficiently and effectively.
We have provided a checklist below to make this process easy.
Contact us today to learn how we can help you.
How to Prepare a Property for an Appraisal
To help the appraisal go as smoothly as possible we generally recommend you take the following actions and prepare the listed documents, if available, prior to us visiting the property. Making sure the property is prepared before we arrive will help us perform the appraisal.
Prepare the property
- Unlock all padlocks on the property.
- Convey alarm codes or disable for inspection.
- Keep a leash on pets or remove them from the property.
- Make sure all areas of the home are accessible.
- Remove any snow, if necessary, that will prevent access to the property.
- Verify lock box combination and access keys are accessible, and do not lock the storm door from the inside.
- Remove locks, furniture, clothing, boxes, or anything that may prevent entry to the attic, crawl spaces, furnace, and water heater. (FHA/VA)
- Remove unneeded clutter from attic and crawl space so areas are accessible. (FHA/VA)
- Safety equipment in house installed and working properly.
- Replace light bulbs so rooms have adequate lighting.
- Remove photographs of people from every room.
- Outbuildings such as garages, sheds, pool houses, cabanas, etc. need to be accessible. (FHA/VA)
- Ensure furnace and water heater are accessible.
- Confirm heating and air conditioning are operational. (FHA/VA)
- Ensure home appliances are unloaded such as the dishwasher, washer machine, dryer, etc. (FHA/VA)
- Address any exposed wiring in living area and install faceplates covers if missing.
- Repair small things like leaky faucets, missing door handles, and trim. (Recommendation) (FHA/VA)
- Mow your yard and trim your bushes or trees (Recommendation)
- Remove photographs of people from every room. (Underwriter requirement)
Documents to have available
- A survey or plot map of the property and building (if readily available).
- Copy of original house plans if available.
- Records on the purchase of the property in the last three years.
- Information on any written private agreements, such as a shared driveway with a neighbor.
- A list of any personal property that is part of the home and you intend to be sold with the home, such as an oven, or a washer and dryer.
- Title policy that lists encroachments or easements.
- Most recent real estate tax bill and or legal description of the property.
- Any inspection reports, or other recent reports for termites, EIFS (synthetic stucco) wall systems, your septic system and your well.
- A list of any major home improvements and enhancements (for example, the addition of central air conditioning or roof repairs). Please include the purchase and installation date, along with permit confirmation if available.
- If applicable, provide the condominium budget and year-end statement.
Process for getting an Appraisal from Equity 1st Appraisals
Step 1. Contact Equity 1st Appraisals, and let us know why you need an appraisal as well as some details about the property
Step 2. We will be in touch with a quote for your appraisal, and schedule a time to visit the property.
Step 3. We will spend time in and around your property taking pictures, measurements, and notes. Please visit our How to Prepare for Appraisal page before our scheduled appointment.
Step 4. Most of the work is done when we get back to the office as we compile our notes and do extensive research on the property and the immediate market.
Step 5. We will send you an appraisal report that shows the value of your home, and explains in detail how we arrived at that value.
The entire process takes approximately 5 to 7 days. However, we can accommodate urgent requests if you need your appraisal completed quickly.
We look forward to working with you!
How we can help
Equity 1st Appraisals provides real estate appraisal services homeowners, lenders, and any other party who may need an appraisal.
Based out in Albuquerque and serving Bernalilo, Valencia, Sandoval, and Santa Fe Counties, we are market experts to provide an accurate valuation for your needs.
We are Residential Certified Appraisers for New Mexico, which licenses us to appraise residential properties.
We look forward to hearing from you to learn how we can help!
Equity 1st Appraisals
Certified Residential Appraiser
Call us at 505-280-9434 or use the button below to request and appraisal.
How to contact us
We would love to talk to you to learn how we can help with your real estate appraisal needs.
You can reach us by email at [email protected].
Or you can call us at 505-280-9434.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Equity 1st Appraisals, LLC
Residential Certified Appraiser