How long does an appraisal take and why?

When we schedule appointments to appraise a property, people always want to know how long the inspection will take. Some people have had their home appraised before and are familiar with the process but others are surprised when I tell them how long it will take. I often get a response that they have experienced or expected a much quicker inspections.

The amount of time it takes to inspect a property for an appraisal can vary depending on many variables. A standard size property with average amenities and upgrades takes about 30 minutes to inspect. This time frame can increase and decrease depending majorly on the size of the property, however, the amenities and condition can also affect how long the inspection will take.

To complete the full appraisal the appraiser will measure and note the condition of the exterior of the home. The appraisal inspection process has become much quicker since we switched from using measuring tape or wheel to using the Leica Disto Laser measurer to measure the home. After measurements the appraiser will note any upgrades or items that need repair on the exterior of the property, including but not limited to patio, concrete, pool, roof, siding, and landscaping.

After the exterior inspection the appraiser will then inspect the interior. The appraiser will measure each room, confirming bedroom and bathroom count as well as each additional room. He will then complete a checklist noting the condition of each room and materials used. While looking at the condition he will consider any mold or water stains indicating a leak. The appraiser will ask you for a list of upgrades from the past 10 years along with and estimated cost of the upgrades. These upgrades will be listed in the appraisal and considered in the overall condition of the property. He will also ask about upgrades that are not visible such as plumbing and electrical to be sure they are included in the report. The final step will be to confirm that the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are properly placed and that the water heater is strapped per California requirements.

We understand that 30 or more minutes seems like a lot of time for an inspection however by being thorough the appraiser can ensure that you have the most accurate appraisal. It should also be noted that if your home has been previously appraised, providing that appraisal can speed up the process a little.


Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule your appraisal appointment at 760-741-7699, or use our contact page on our website.

Brandlin Appraisals Inc. specialize in helping people who need appraisals for estate purposes, divorce, date of death, bankruptcy, FSBO’s and more throughout San Diego county. For more information please contact us at (760)741-7699, or visit our website at, or email us at

Mike Brandlin
San Diego, CA // Real Estate Appraiser
(760) 741-7699

San Diego Real Estate Appraisal Services For:
Divorce Appraisals / Marriage Dissolution
Bankruptcy Appraisals
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Tax Assessment Appeals
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