5 Hints for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their process - all to guarantee their client is presented with the most useful data possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, All City Appraisal is continuously testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At All City Appraisal we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few things you can do to trim turn times whenever you order an appraisal with All City Appraisal:

  1. Always order your appraisals on the Internet. By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with your assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

  4. Be sure to let us know about the property's unique features. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive quicker.

  5. Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect? Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. With the idea that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by . So they choose to not schedule the appointment until they have cleaned.

    Coming from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!


  6. Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report. Why are you still playing phone and fax tag when our website offers up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7? As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier and faster to track the status of your report.

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