5 Suggestions for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their research - all to guarantee the end user receives the most useful data. To keep up with the always changing requirements, The Appraisal Firm is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since The Appraisal Firm knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to reduce turn times when you order an appraisal from The Appraisal Firm:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.

  2. Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. And if you have a tax parcel number, plat map number, subdivision name or anything else that uniquely identifies the property, please pass it along. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — however, remember that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

  4. Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct elements. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique features contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive sooner.

  5. Does the homeowner know what to expect? Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Under the impression that it will make the house appraise for more money, a few homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by and will delay the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!


  6. Are you using our website as a resource to keep track of the status of your report? Why are you still playing phone and fax tag when our website offers up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7? As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster to track the status of your report.

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