5 Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their research - all to guarantee their client is presented with the best analysis that can be achieved. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, The Appraisal Firm is constantly testing new 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, we've listed a few items you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals you order from The Appraisal Firm:

  1. Always order your appraisals online. By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with your assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. Feel free to call us at 760-476-0130 if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

  4. Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct features. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put 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 sooner makes your report arrive earlier.

  5. Set proper expectations with the homeowner. Confirming an appointment 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 a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. A common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, thinking that will increase the appraised value . So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Hearing it 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. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Why not use our website as a resource to follow your report's status? 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. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of your report's status.


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