Yes, do the appraisal first. If the home appraises below asking price, by a lot, the bank won't give you the loan, so you will have wasted the inspection fee and the appraisal fee. Also an appraisal will point out things wrong with the property that will affect the sale, same as an inspection might. If you pay for an inspection first, and then the appraisal comes in low, you've lost money twice because you have to pay for both.... more
Hi there - I am a local realtor here in Bakersfield. I just comp'd. the 93309 area for a square footage between 950 and 1,000 for you. The homes sold between $150 - $160/sq. ft. Please let me know if I can help you in your search in any way. I work for Scott Tobias Real Estate and can send you information on areas you want to know about (availability and prices, etc...). I can be reached at 661-703-9843 or email@example.com if you would like to ask me any questions.