Quicker Turn Times - The Appraisal Firm 760-476-0130

5 Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to guarantee their client is presented with the best information that can be achieved. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, The Appraisal Firm is always seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since The Appraisal Firm knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few tips you can do to hasten the process when you order an appraisal with The Appraisal Firm:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property? There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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 — however, remember 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 an appraisal we're working on for you, feel free to call us at 760-476-0130

  4. Tell us up front of the property's unique features. Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements 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 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 susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive more quickly.

  5. Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect? Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Under the impression that it will increase the value, many homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by . So they choose to not schedule the inspection until it is cleaned.

    Coming from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a little bit 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 many 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's in their interest to set the appointment as soon as possible!


  6. Why not use our website as a resource to keep tabs on 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 is available to you online. It's never been faster to track the status of your report.

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