5 Hints for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure the end user is presented with the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Allen Appraisal Service is continuously researching 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 things you can do to accelerate the process every time you order an appraisal from Allen Appraisal Service.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to 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. 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 welcome to call us at
- Tell us up front of the property's distinct details.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property 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 recently had an addition put on, 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 early on is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. Some homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the notion a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. Under the impression that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will put off the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily follow 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier way to keep track of the status of your report.