5 Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure their client is presented with the best data available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Allen Appraisal Service is continuously seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Allen Appraisal Service knows that time is important to everyone, below are some items you can do to trim turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Allen Appraisal Service.
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got 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 delay 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 area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to 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 assignment we're working on for you.
- Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are understandably uneasy with the notion a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, thinking that will make the house appraise higher. So they delay the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
- Are you using our website as a resource to follow the status of your report?
- 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 way to track the status of your report.