A Few Steps to Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their data gathering - all to ensure their client receives the best analysis possible. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, The Appraisal Firm is constantly testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At The Appraisal Firm we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few things you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered from The Appraisal Firm:

  1. Always order your appraisals online. When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.

  2. Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete. Having just one number incorrect 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 sales in the area 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 contact us

  4. Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it unique? It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know 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 predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive quicker.

  5. Does the homeowner know what to expect? Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Under the belief that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection . So they choose to not schedule the appointment until they have cleaned.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a little bit 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 our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!


  6. Are you using our website as a resource to keep tabs on the status of your report? 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no easier way to track the status of your report.

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