5 Hints for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure the end user receives the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Allen Appraisal Service is always researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Allen Appraisal Service we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few things you can do to reduce turn times whenever you order an appraisal with Allen Appraisal Service.

Always order your appraisals electronically.
When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
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 slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with the request. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

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

Be sure to tell us about the property's unique features.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features 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 recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive faster.
Let the occupants know what to expect.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Believing that it will make the house appraise for more money, many homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some info 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 time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
Why not our website as a resource to track 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.

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