Some Tips for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their data gathering - all to ensure the end user receives the best data possible. To stay current with the always changing requirements, The Appraisal Firm is always testing new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At The Appraisal Firm we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few tips you can do to accelerate the process whenever you order an appraisal with The Appraisal Firm:

  1. Order your appraisals electronically. With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail confirmations 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 manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property? Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass along with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — however, remember 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 appraisal we're working on for you.

  4. Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct? Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive sooner.

  5. Set proper expectations with the homeowner. Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Some think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, having the thought that will increase the appraised value and will put off the appointment until they have cleaned.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- 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. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. 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 without delay!


  6. Use our website to track 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to track the status of your report.

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