Some Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure their client gets the best data. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, The Appraisal Firm is always seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since The Appraisal Firm knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to trim turn times whenever you order an appraisal with The Appraisal Firm:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property? There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass along with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, feel free to call us at 760-476-0130

  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 home. 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. Let us know up front when you order 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'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? Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Thinking that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by and will delay the appointment until it is cleaned.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little info 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 many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!

  6. Our website is a great resource for verifying 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. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.

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