5 Steps to Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee the end user receives the best data available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, All City Appraisal is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. Since All City Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, here are a handful of things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order from All City Appraisal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information 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 may differ from yours.
You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Tell us up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique details add 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 recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. One common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will make the house appraise higher. So they delay the appointment until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they are 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 can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
- 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 to keep track of the status of your report.