Some Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure their client gets the best data to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Allen Appraisal Service is always researching 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 here are a few items you can do to decrease turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Allen Appraisal Service.

Always order your appraisals online.
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements 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 the order was received.
Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ 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

Be sure to let us know about the unique elements of this property.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Not uncommonly they think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the notion that will make the house appraise for more money. So they reschedule the appointment until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Use our website 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of the status of your report.

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