Should you get an appraisal done BEFORE listing your home for sale?

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A pre-listing appraisal refers to the process of obtaining a professional property appraisal before listing it for sale in the real estate market. This appraisal is typically conducted by a licensed appraiser who evaluates the property’s value based on various factors such as its condition, location, comparable sales in the area, and current market trends.

Here are some potential advantages and considerations associated with pre-listing appraisals:


  1. Accurate Pricing: A pre-listing appraisal can help set a more accurate and realistic listing price. This can attract potential buyers who are more likely to make serious offers.
  2. Market Credibility: Having a professional appraisal report can enhance the credibility of the listing. Buyers may have more confidence in the property’s value, potentially leading to a smoother negotiation process.
  3. Early Issue Identification: The appraisal process may uncover any issues with the property that could impact its value. Identifying and addressing these issues beforehand can prevent surprises during the selling process.


  1. Cost: Pre-listing appraisals come with a cost, and sellers may need to weigh the expense against the potential benefits. Some sellers may prefer to wait until a buyer initiates the appraisal process during the transaction.
  2. Changing Market Conditions: Real estate markets can fluctuate, and the value determined by a pre-listing appraisal may become outdated if the property doesn’t sell quickly. This is a potential risk to consider.
  3. Buyer’s Appraisal: Even with a pre-listing appraisal, a buyer’s lender will typically order their own appraisal as part of the mortgage approval process. The buyer’s appraisal may differ from the pre-listing appraisal, and this could affect negotiations.
  4. Seller Expectations: If the pre-listing appraisal indicates a value lower than the seller’s expectations, there may be challenges in convincing the seller to list the property at the appraised value.

In summary, a pre-listing appraisal can be a useful tool in certain situations, providing benefits such as accurate pricing and enhanced market credibility. However, sellers and their real estate agents should consider the associated costs and potential challenges before deciding to pursue this option. If you think this is an option for you, contact Davlin Appraisal Services at (208)250-4921 or at

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