Some Tips for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, All City Appraisal is always testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At All City Appraisal we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to lower turn times whenever you order an appraisal from All City Appraisal.

Always order your appraisals electronically.
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't 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 information is essential.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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 assignment. 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 assignment we're working on for you.

Be sure to let us know about the property's unique features.
Cookie-cutter houses 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. 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 constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the idea an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. With the belief that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
Easily verify 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.
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