5 Hints for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure the end user is presented with the best information to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, All City Appraisal is continuously researching additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since All City Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few items you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order with All City Appraisal.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the order 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 nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
Confirm 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. 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 — remember, however, 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 assignment we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct details.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering 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 susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the fact a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. With the idea that it will increase the value, many homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person they've 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 can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even 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 without delay!
Why not our website as a resource to keep tabs on the status of your report?
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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster or easier way to track the status of your report.
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