A Few Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user has the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, The Appraisal Firm is continuously 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, here are a few things you can do to decrease turn times when you order an appraisal from The Appraisal Firm.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with the request. 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.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, you're always free to call us at

Be sure to tell us about the unique features of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
Did you 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 inefficient steps in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the thought a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. Thinking that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they put off the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
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 easier to track your report's status.

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