A Few Hints for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure their client is presented with the best analysis possible. In order to stay current with the constantly 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 our customers. At The Appraisal Firm we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered from The Appraisal Firm:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property? There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — however, remember that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

  3. You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

  4. Tell us up front of the property's unique elements. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive without delay.

  5. Set proper expectations with the homeowner. Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. One common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the notion that will increase the value . So they choose to not schedule the appointment until they have cleaned.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has lots of pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!


  6. Are you using our website as a resource to track 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.

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