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Home Appraisers: What to Expect

Getting a proper home appraisal is an essential step in the process of buying or selling a house, as it is the only way to determine your home’s true market value. That’s why it’s in your best interest to have the appraisal go as smoothly and easily as possible. Here’s how you can help.

  

Questions the Appraiser May Have

 

When a real estate appraiser comes to appraise your home, he or she may have some general questions about the property. You can help the appraisal process be as efficient as possible by having answers ready. Some questions you may receive include:

 

  • What is the purpose of the appraisal (to reach a listing price, dispute a tax bill, etc.)?

  • Is the property already listed for sale, and if so, what is the asking price?

  • Do you have a mortgage on the property, and is it a FHA or VA-backed mortgage?

  • If selling, what personal property will be included (refrigerator, drapes, etc.)?

  • If it is an income property, what are your income and expenses for it?

 

The appraiser may also want to see a copy of your deed, survey, or other pertinent documents, including property tax bills and special assessments on the property.

 

 

General Exterior Concerns

 

Having your property in its best condition helps your appraisal. Appraisers are, of course, only human, and they generally appreciate a tidy home. Your appraiser may look at construction materials and their condition. For the home's exterior, they will look at:

 

  • General exterior condition

  • Broken windows

  • Missing roof shingles

  • Falling gutters

  • General landscaping condition, presence of dead plants or overgrown grass

 

 

General Interior Concerns

 

 

Once inside, the appraiser will assess the following:

 

  • Floor type and condition

  • Wall coverings, including paneling, paint, wallpaper, and their conditions

  • Whether all kitchen appliances work

  • Condition of heating and air conditioning system

  • General signs of neglect, such as missing doorknobs, missing electrical covers, etc.

  • Condition of features such as fireplaces, patios, decks, porches, fences, swimming pool, security system, intercom system, etc.

 

 

Things You Can Do in Advance: Exterior

 

If your home is in good condition and appears as if it will show well, you will probably be placed at the upper end of a range the appraiser will determine from comparable properties nearby. The opposite is true as well: if it doesn’t show well, you may wind up on the lower end. You can help your house appraise as well as possible by taking the following steps to address its exterior:

 

  • Mulch flower beds

  • Add seasonal plants

  • Touch up or repaint the exterior

  • Repair broken windows, missing shingles, or loose gutters

  • Repair damaged deck or fence materials

 

 

Things You Can Do in Advance: Interior

 

You can also influence your appraisal to some extent by doing some simple work on the interior of your house:

 

 

  • Clean floors

  • Touch up paint and repair nail holes and other cosmetic blemishes

  • Repair or remove peeling wallpaper

  • Ensure all appliances work

  • Ensure the heating and air conditioning system works properly

  • De-clutter the entire house

 

 

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Message [Macromedia][SQLServer JDBC Driver][SQLServer]Login failed for user 'wzladmin'.
NextException
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Message [Macromedia][SQLServer JDBC Driver]An error occurred while attempting to log onto the database.
SQLState 08001
StackTrace java.sql.SQLNonTransientConnectionException: [Macromedia][SQLServer JDBC Driver]An error occurred while attempting to log onto the database. at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.ddca.b(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.ddca.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.ddb9.b(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.ddb9.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.tds.ddj.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.tds.ddr.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.tds.ddj.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.SQLServerImplConnection.f(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseConnection.b(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseConnection.k(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseConnection.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseConnection.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseDriver.connect(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.MacromediaDriver.connect(Unknown Source) at coldfusion.server.j2ee.sql.pool.JDBCPool.createPhysicalConnection(JDBCPool.java:614) at coldfusion.server.j2ee.sql.pool.ConnectionRunner$RunnableConnection.run(ConnectionRunner.java:67) at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:662)
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StackTrace java.sql.SQLInvalidAuthorizationSpecException: [Macromedia][SQLServer JDBC Driver][SQLServer]Login failed for user 'wzladmin'. at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.ddca.b(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.ddca.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.ddb9.b(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.ddb9.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.tds.ddr.v(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.tds.ddr.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.tds.ddj.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.tds.ddr.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.tds.ddj.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.SQLServerImplConnection.f(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseConnection.b(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseConnection.k(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseConnection.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseConnection.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseDriver.connect(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.MacromediaDriver.connect(Unknown Source) at coldfusion.server.j2ee.sql.pool.JDBCPool.createPhysicalConnection(JDBCPool.java:614) at coldfusion.server.j2ee.sql.pool.ConnectionRunner$RunnableConnection.run(ConnectionRunner.java:67) at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:662)
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Message [Macromedia][SQLServer JDBC Driver][SQLServer]Login failed for user 'wzladmin'.
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StackTrace java.sql.SQLNonTransientConnectionException: [Macromedia][SQLServer JDBC Driver]An error occurred while attempting to log onto the database. at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.ddca.b(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.ddca.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.ddb9.b(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.ddb9.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.tds.ddj.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.tds.ddr.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.tds.ddj.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.SQLServerImplConnection.f(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseConnection.b(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseConnection.k(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseConnection.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseConnection.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseDriver.connect(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.MacromediaDriver.connect(Unknown Source) at coldfusion.server.j2ee.sql.pool.JDBCPool.createPhysicalConnection(JDBCPool.java:614) at coldfusion.server.j2ee.sql.pool.ConnectionRunner$RunnableConnection.run(ConnectionRunner.java:67) at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:662)
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SQLState 28000
StackTrace java.sql.SQLInvalidAuthorizationSpecException: [Macromedia][SQLServer JDBC Driver][SQLServer]Login failed for user 'wzladmin'. at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.ddca.b(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.ddca.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.ddb9.b(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.ddb9.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.tds.ddr.v(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.tds.ddr.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.tds.ddj.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.tds.ddr.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.tds.ddj.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.SQLServerImplConnection.f(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseConnection.b(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseConnection.k(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseConnection.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseConnection.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseDriver.connect(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.MacromediaDriver.connect(Unknown Source) at coldfusion.server.j2ee.sql.pool.JDBCPool.createPhysicalConnection(JDBCPool.java:614) at coldfusion.server.j2ee.sql.pool.ConnectionRunner$RunnableConnection.run(ConnectionRunner.java:67) at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:662)
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Sql SELECT Node.page_id, COUNT(Parent.page_id) - 1 AS depth, Node.lft FROM PageHierarchies Node CROSS JOIN PageHierarchies Parent WHERE (Node.lft BETWEEN Parent.lft AND Parent.rgt) AND Parent.site_id = 1 AND Node.site_id = 1 AND Parent.language_id = 1 AND Node.language_id = 1 AND Parent.hierarchy_version = 1 AND Node.hierarchy_version = 1 GROUP BY Node.lft, Node.page_id ORDER BY Node.lft
StackTrace coldfusion.tagext.sql.QueryTag$DatabaseQueryException: Error Executing Database Query. at coldfusion.tagext.sql.QueryTag.doEndTag(QueryTag.java:736) at cfleft_nav2ecfm1457251660._factor11(C:\home\prod1.isoldmyhouse.com\wwwroot\includes\2011\left_nav.cfm:158) at cfleft_nav2ecfm1457251660._factor14(C:\home\prod1.isoldmyhouse.com\wwwroot\includes\2011\left_nav.cfm:2) at cfleft_nav2ecfm1457251660.runPage(C:\home\prod1.isoldmyhouse.com\wwwroot\includes\2011\left_nav.cfm:1) at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage.invoke(CfJspPage.java:244) at coldfusion.tagext.lang.IncludeTag.doStartTag(IncludeTag.java:444) at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage._emptyTcfTag(CfJspPage.java:2799) at cfhome2dappraisers2ecfm135760307.runPage(C:\home\prod1.isoldmyhouse.com\wwwroot\fsbo\home-appraisers.cfm:183) at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage.invoke(CfJspPage.java:244) at coldfusion.tagext.lang.IncludeTag.doStartTag(IncludeTag.java:444) at coldfusion.filter.CfincludeFilter.invoke(CfincludeFilter.java:65) at coldfusion.filter.IpFilter.invoke(IpFilter.java:64) at coldfusion.filter.ApplicationFilter.invoke(ApplicationFilter.java:422) at coldfusion.filter.RequestMonitorFilter.invoke(RequestMonitorFilter.java:48) at coldfusion.filter.MonitoringFilter.invoke(MonitoringFilter.java:40) at coldfusion.filter.PathFilter.invoke(PathFilter.java:112) at coldfusion.filter.ExceptionFilter.invoke(ExceptionFilter.java:94) at coldfusion.filter.ClientScopePersistenceFilter.invoke(ClientScopePersistenceFilter.java:28) at coldfusion.filter.BrowserFilter.invoke(BrowserFilter.java:38) at coldfusion.filter.NoCacheFilter.invoke(NoCacheFilter.java:46) at coldfusion.filter.GlobalsFilter.invoke(GlobalsFilter.java:38) at coldfusion.filter.DatasourceFilter.invoke(DatasourceFilter.java:22) at coldfusion.filter.CachingFilter.invoke(CachingFilter.java:62) at coldfusion.CfmServlet.service(CfmServlet.java:204) at coldfusion.bootstrap.BootstrapServlet.service(BootstrapServlet.java:89) at sun.reflect.GeneratedMethodAccessor40.invoke(Unknown Source) at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:25) at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:597) at org.apache.catalina.security.SecurityUtil$1.run(SecurityUtil.java:274) at org.apache.catalina.security.SecurityUtil$1.run(SecurityUtil.java:271) at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method) at javax.security.auth.Subject.doAsPrivileged(Subject.java:517) at org.apache.catalina.security.SecurityUtil.execute(SecurityUtil.java:306) at org.apache.catalina.security.SecurityUtil.doAsPrivilege(SecurityUtil.java:166) at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.internalDoFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:299) at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.access$000(ApplicationFilterChain.java:57) at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain$1.run(ApplicationFilterChain.java:193) at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain$1.run(ApplicationFilterChain.java:189) at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method) at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.doFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:188) at coldfusion.monitor.event.MonitoringServletFilter.doFilter(MonitoringServletFilter.java:42) at coldfusion.bootstrap.BootstrapFilter.doFilter(BootstrapFilter.java:46) at sun.reflect.GeneratedMethodAccessor39.invoke(Unknown Source) at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:25) at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:597) at org.apache.catalina.security.SecurityUtil$1.run(SecurityUtil.java:274) at org.apache.catalina.security.SecurityUtil$1.run(SecurityUtil.java:271) at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method) at javax.security.auth.Subject.doAsPrivileged(Subject.java:517) at org.apache.catalina.security.SecurityUtil.execute(SecurityUtil.java:306) at org.apache.catalina.security.SecurityUtil.doAsPrivilege(SecurityUtil.java:246) at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.internalDoFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:239) at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.access$000(ApplicationFilterChain.java:57) at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain$1.run(ApplicationFilterChain.java:193) at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain$1.run(ApplicationFilterChain.java:189) at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method) at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.doFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:188) at com.seefusion.Filter.doFilter(Filter.java:49) at com.seefusion.SeeFusion.doFilter(SeeFusion.java:1500) at sun.reflect.GeneratedMethodAccessor38.invoke(Unknown Source) at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:25) at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:597) at org.apache.catalina.security.SecurityUtil$1.run(SecurityUtil.java:274) at org.apache.catalina.security.SecurityUtil$1.run(SecurityUtil.java:271) at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method) at javax.security.auth.Subject.doAsPrivileged(Subject.java:517) at org.apache.catalina.security.SecurityUtil.execute(SecurityUtil.java:306) at org.apache.catalina.security.SecurityUtil.doAsPrivilege(SecurityUtil.java:246) at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.internalDoFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:239) at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.access$000(ApplicationFilterChain.java:57) at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain$1.run(ApplicationFilterChain.java:193) at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain$1.run(ApplicationFilterChain.java:189) at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method) at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.doFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:188) at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardWrapperValve.invoke(StandardWrapperValve.java:224) at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardContextValve.invoke(StandardContextValve.java:169) at org.apache.catalina.authenticator.AuthenticatorBase.invoke(AuthenticatorBase.java:472) at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardHostValve.invoke(StandardHostValve.java:168) at org.apache.catalina.valves.ErrorReportValve.invoke(ErrorReportValve.java:98) at org.apache.catalina.valves.AccessLogValve.invoke(AccessLogValve.java:928) at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardEngineValve.invoke(StandardEngineValve.java:118) at org.apache.catalina.connector.CoyoteAdapter.service(CoyoteAdapter.java:414) at org.apache.coyote.ajp.AjpProcessor.process(AjpProcessor.java:204) at org.apache.coyote.AbstractProtocol$AbstractConnectionHandler.process(AbstractProtocol.java:539) at org.apache.tomcat.util.net.JIoEndpoint$SocketProcessor.run(JIoEndpoint.java:298) at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor$Worker.runTask(ThreadPoolExecutor.java:886) at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor$Worker.run(ThreadPoolExecutor.java:908) at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:662) Caused by: java.sql.SQLInvalidAuthorizationSpecException: [Macromedia][SQLServer JDBC Driver][SQLServer]Login failed for user 'wzladmin'. at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.ddca.b(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.ddca.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.ddb9.b(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.ddb9.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.tds.ddr.v(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.tds.ddr.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.tds.ddj.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.tds.ddr.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.tds.ddj.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.SQLServerImplConnection.f(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseConnection.b(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseConnection.k(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseConnection.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseConnection.a(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserverbase.BaseDriver.connect(Unknown Source) at macromedia.jdbc.MacromediaDriver.connect(Unknown Source) at coldfusion.server.j2ee.sql.pool.JDBCPool.createPhysicalConnection(JDBCPool.java:614) at coldfusion.server.j2ee.sql.pool.ConnectionRunner$RunnableConnection.run(ConnectionRunner.java:67) ... 1 more
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LINE 158
RAW_TRACE at cfleft_nav2ecfm1457251660._factor11(C:\home\prod1.isoldmyhouse.com\wwwroot\includes\2011\left_nav.cfm:158)
TEMPLATE C:\home\prod1.isoldmyhouse.com\wwwroot\includes\2011\left_nav.cfm
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RAW_TRACE at cfleft_nav2ecfm1457251660._factor14(C:\home\prod1.isoldmyhouse.com\wwwroot\includes\2011\left_nav.cfm:2)
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RAW_TRACE at cfleft_nav2ecfm1457251660.runPage(C:\home\prod1.isoldmyhouse.com\wwwroot\includes\2011\left_nav.cfm:1)
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LINE 183
RAW_TRACE at cfhome2dappraisers2ecfm135760307.runPage(C:\home\prod1.isoldmyhouse.com\wwwroot\fsbo\home-appraisers.cfm:183)
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queryError [Macromedia][SQLServer JDBC Driver][SQLServer]Login failed for user 'wzladmin'.
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