Quicker Turn Times - The Appraisal Firm 760-476-0130

Five Hints for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their process - all to ensure the end user receives the best data possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, The Appraisal Firm is always seeking additional tools and improving 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 items you can do to reduce turn times when you order an appraisal with The Appraisal Firm:

  1. Order your appraisals on the Internet. With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! 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. Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property? Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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 may differ from yours.

  3. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

  4. Let us know up front of the property's distinct features. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing details 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 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 predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive sooner.

  5. Let the occupants know what to expect. Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the notion that a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. A common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will increase the appraised value . So they reschedule the inspection until it is 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 increase their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!


  6. Easily follow 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier or faster way to track your report's status.

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