5 Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process - all to guarantee the end user gets the best analysis that can be achieved. To stay current with the always changing requirements, The Appraisal Firm is always seeking new tools and tweaking 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 things you can do to reduce turn times whenever you order an appraisal with The Appraisal Firm:

  1. Always order your appraisals electronically. When you order online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements 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 nor will you wonder whether we got the order.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property? Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — however, remember that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. Feel 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. Tell us up front of the property's distinct details. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is 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 put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive without delay.

  5. What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect? Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the thought that an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. Thinking that it will increase the value, many homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection . So they delay the inspection until it is cleaned.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!


  6. Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website. No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.

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