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What Is the Difference Between a Home Appraisal and Inspection?

Building homes and helping people achieve their dream of homeownership is our passion here at KCI. And we are the first to tell you that knowledge is power in the homebuying process. We want to inform potential homeowners as much as we can about the house hunting and buying process. A few parts of the process you will find include home appraisals and home inspections. What are these processes for and how do they differ? Let’s discuss that today.

Home Appraisal

A home appraisal is primarily conducted for mortgage lending purposes. When you apply for a mortgage to purchase or refinance a home, the lender will typically require an appraisal. The key points to understand about home appraisals are:


The purpose of a home appraisal is to determine the fair market value of a property. The appraiser evaluates the property's condition, location, size, features, and recent comparable sales in the area to determine its value.

Appraiser's Role

A licensed appraiser conducts the appraisal. They are typically independent professionals hired by the lender or a third-party appraisal management company. The appraiser visits the property and prepares a detailed appraisal report.


The appraiser evaluates various factors related to the property's value, such as its overall condition, layout, amenities, upgrades, and the condition of comparable properties in the area. They consider factors that impact the property's value but may not assess every aspect of its condition.


The appraisal report provides an estimated value of the property based on the appraiser's assessment. This value helps the lender determine the loan amount they are willing to provide.

Home Inspection

Now let’s look at what a home inspection is as well as its purpose. A home inspection is a comprehensive evaluation of a property's condition, typically conducted by a certified home inspector. The key points to understand about home inspections are:


The purpose of a home inspection is to assess the condition of a property and identify any potential issues or defects. It helps buyers make informed decisions about the property's condition and can uncover hidden problems that may not be visible to the untrained eye.

Inspector's Role

A certified home inspector conducts the inspection. They thoroughly examine the property's structure, systems (electrical, plumbing, HVAC), interior, exterior, and other components. The inspector provides a detailed inspection report.


The home inspector examines the property for issues, defects, safety concerns, or potential maintenance problems. They check for structural integrity, electrical issues, plumbing problems, signs of water damage, pest infestations, and other relevant factors.


The inspection report details the findings, including any identified issues, defects, or recommended repairs. It helps the buyer understand the property's condition and negotiate repairs or adjustments with the seller.

In summary, a home appraisal determines the value of a property for mortgage lending purposes, while a home inspection focuses on evaluating the property's condition and identifying any potential issues. Both processes serve important roles in the homebuying process, providing valuable information to the buyer, lender, and other parties involved.

When you are ready to begin your home search, start with KCI. We have move-in ready homes and we also work with families to create custom homes. Whatever your preference is, we have you covered.

By KCI Homes 7-25-2023


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