5 Tips for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to ensure the end user receives the best analysis that can be achieved. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, The Appraisal Firm is always seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At The Appraisal Firm we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few items you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered with The Appraisal Firm:

  1. Always order your appraisals online. When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property? There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at 760-476-0130

  4. Be sure to tell us about the property's unique details. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive more quickly.

  5. Set proper expectations with the occupants. Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Under the belief that it will increase the value, some homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection . So they delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a short explanation 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 many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!


  6. Easily verify the status of your report on our website. No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.

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