5 Tips for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user has the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, All City Appraisal is continuously testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At All City Appraisal we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered with All City Appraisal.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly 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.
Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, 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.

Tell us up front of the property's unique characteristics.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features add 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive sooner.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are clearly uneasy with the thought an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, having the thought that will increase the value. And will put off the inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- some information 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Use our website 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.
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