A Few Hints for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure the end user is presented with the most useful analysis possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, The Appraisal Firm is continuously acquiring new 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 below are a few tips you can do to lessen turn times each time you order an appraisal from The Appraisal Firm:

  1. Order your appraisals online. When you order online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype 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. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to pass along with your assignment. 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 might differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always welcome to call us at 760-476-0130

  4. Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements. Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique details 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 constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive sooner.

  5. Let the occupants know what to expect. Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Under the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the inspection and will choose to not schedule the appointment until they have cleaned.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- some information 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 customers to our website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment quickly!


  6. Easily follow the status of your report on our website. 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 your report's status.

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