Some Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Allen Appraisal Service is constantly acquiring new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Allen Appraisal Service we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few things you can do to trim turn times when you order an appraisal from Allen Appraisal Service.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at

Be sure to let us know about the unique characteristics of this property.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing details add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put 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 early as possible makes your report arrive faster.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the thought a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take copious notes. Thinking that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until it is cleaned.

Coming from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Are you using our website as a resource to track 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier way to keep track of the status of your report.

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