Five Hints for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee their client has the best data possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Appraisal Advantage, Inc is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Appraisal Advantage, Inc knows that time is important to everyone, below are a handful of things you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal with Appraisal Advantage, Inc.

Order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
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 — though be advised 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 an appraisal we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics unique to a property 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, 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 as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
Let the occupants know what to expect.
One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Some think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will make the house appraise for more money. So they delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Coming from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
Are you using our website as a resource to keep tabs on 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. It's never been easier to track your report's status.