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5 Tips for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their process - all to ensure their client gets the most useful information that can be achieved. To keep up with the always 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 here are some things you can do to lower turn times when you order an appraisal with The Appraisal Firm:

  1. Always order your appraisals on the Internet. By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property data is essential. Being just one number off 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 area sales is welcome — 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 an appraisal we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

  4. Be sure to tell us about the unique features of this property. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features add 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 had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive quicker.

  5. Be sure the homeowner knows the plan. Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the notion that a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the inspection, believing that will increase the appraised value . So they put off the inspection until it is cleaned.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- some info 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. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!


  6. Are you using our website as a resource to keep track of your report's status? No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 the status of your report.

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