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A Few Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to ensure their client receives the best analysis possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, The Appraisal Firm is always researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At The Appraisal Firm we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a couple of items you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order with The Appraisal Firm:

  1. Order your appraisals online. When you order online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly 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 information is crucial. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass along with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

  3. You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

  4. Tell us up front of the property's unique elements. Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is 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 details 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. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive earlier.

  5. Be sure the occupants know the plan. Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are clearly uneasy with the notion that a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will make the house appraise for more money . So they delay the appointment until it is cleaned.

    Coming from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little info 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 several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them 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 without delay!


  6. Use our website 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.

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