5 Steps to Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure the end user is presented with the best information available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Allen Appraisal Service is constantly testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Allen Appraisal Service we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order from Allen Appraisal Service.

Always order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to 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 interrupt 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 — 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 appraisal we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at

Let us know up front of the property's distinct elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements contribute 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive quicker.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. With the idea that it will increase the value, many homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Our website is a great resource for tracking your report's status.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.

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