A Few Hints for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process - all to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data that can be achieved. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, The Appraisal Firm is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At The Appraisal Firm we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a couple of items you can do to hasten the process when you order an appraisal from The Appraisal Firm:

  1. Always order your appraisals on the Internet. By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property data is key. 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — however, remember that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at 760-476-0130

  4. Let us know up front of the property's distinct details. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique details 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive sooner.

  5. Set proper expectations with the homeowner. Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the idea that a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take copious notes. Under the impression that it will increase the value, many homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection and will choose to not schedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Hearing 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 make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!


  6. Use our website 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.

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