A Few Steps to Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process - all to guarantee their client receives the most useful data that can be achieved. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, The Appraisal Firm is always testing additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since The Appraisal Firm knows that time is important to everyone, below are some items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order from The Appraisal Firm:

  1. Always order your appraisals electronically. By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete. Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 — 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. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

  4. Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it unique? Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. 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. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know 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 susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive without delay.

  5. Do the occupants know what to expect? Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. With the belief that it will increase the value, some homeowners think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection and will reschedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free 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 benefits them to set the appointment promptly!

  6. Use our website to track 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.

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