A Few Steps to Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the best analysis possible. To stay current with the always changing requirements, The Appraisal Firm is constantly testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since The Appraisal Firm knows that time is important to everyone, below are some items you can do to accelerate the process whenever you order an appraisal with The Appraisal Firm:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment 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 information is accurate and complete. Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily delay 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 might differ from yours.

  3. You're always free to call us at 760-476-0130 if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

  4. Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct? It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics add 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive without delay.

  5. Does the homeowner know what to expect? Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the thought that a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. With the idea that it will increase the value, many homeowners think they must make the place spotless before the inspection and will delay the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

    Coming from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little 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 clients to this website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as quickly as possible!


  6. Our website is a great resource for keeping 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster or easier way to track your report's status.


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