5 Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to guarantee their client is presented with the most useful analysis that can be achieved. To stay current with the constantly 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 you. At The Appraisal Firm we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a handful of tips you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal with The Appraisal Firm:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the order 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 we got the order.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property data is key. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — 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 contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

  4. Be sure to tell us about the unique elements of this property. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, 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 early on will likely make your report arrive quicker.

  5. Let the occupants know what to expect. One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the inspection, thinking that will increase the value and will reschedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a little information 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 numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Advise them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!


  6. Our website is a great resource for tracking your report's status. Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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 to keep track of the status of your report.

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