Five Hints for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their process - all to guarantee their client is presented with the most useful information possible. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, The Appraisal Firm is constantly acquiring new tools and tweaking processes 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 handful of tips you can do to accelerate the process every time you order an appraisal from The Appraisal Firm:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly 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 data about the subject property? Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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

  4. Let us know up front of the property's distinct characteristics. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive more quickly.

  5. Let the homeowner know what to expect. One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. Some homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the fact that an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take abundant notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the notion that will increase the value and will choose to not schedule the appointment until they have cleaned.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- 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 relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even 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 soon!


  6. Easily verify the status of your report on our website. 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 instantly available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to track the status of your report.

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