Five Steps to Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to ensure the end user gets the most useful analysis that can be achieved. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, The Appraisal Firm is constantly seeking new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At The Appraisal Firm we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few items you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal with The Appraisal Firm:

  1. Order your appraisals electronically. With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial. Being just one number off 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. 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 might 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. Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it unique? Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique features 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. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive quicker.

  5. Set proper expectations with the homeowner. One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Thinking that it will increase the value, many homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by . So they put off the inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has multiple pages of helpful 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 the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Our website is a great resource for verifying your report's status. No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.


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