A Few Suggestions for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their process - all to guarantee the end user receives the best data that can be achieved. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, The Appraisal Firm is always researching new tools and improving 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 some items you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered with The Appraisal Firm:

  1. Always order your appraisals online. With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't 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 information is essential. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay 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 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. Tell us up front of the property's unique details. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics 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 elements 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 predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive sooner.

  5. Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect? Setting 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 unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, under the impression that will make the house appraise for more money and will put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

    Coming from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- 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. Our website has lots of pages of relevant 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 meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!


  6. Use our website to verify 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. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of your report's status.

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