5 Tips for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee their client has the best information to be had. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, The Appraisal Firm is constantly testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At The Appraisal Firm we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a handful of items you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal from The Appraisal Firm.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you automatically receive 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
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 in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Tell us up front of the property's unique features.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features 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 recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive quicker.
What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. A common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will increase the appraised value. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until they have cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Tell them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Use our website to keep tabs on 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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.

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