Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to ensure the end user is presented with the best information to be had. To stay current with the always 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 our clients. At Allen Appraisal Service we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a couple of tips you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered with Allen Appraisal Service.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
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 — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct elements.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. 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. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique features 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 as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. Under the impression that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Encourage them to 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 without delay!
Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of the status of your report.

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