Some Tips for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure the end user is presented with the best data. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, The Appraisal Firm is always researching new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since The Appraisal Firm knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal with The Appraisal Firm:

  1. Order your appraisals on the Internet. By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the order 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete. 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 — however, remember that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at 760-476-0130

  4. Let us know up front of the property's distinct features. Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering 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 will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.

  5. Be sure the occupants know the plan. One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Some think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will increase the value and will reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Hearing 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 make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!

  6. Easily follow the status of your report on our website. Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates 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 faster to track your report's status.

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