A Few Tips for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user receives the most useful analysis that can be achieved. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, All City Appraisal is continuously acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At All City Appraisal we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some items you can do to accelerate the process each time you order an appraisal with All City Appraisal:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property? 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 are good data to pass along with the assignment. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — however, remember that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at 818-332-7999

  4. Let us know up front of the property's unique details. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive earlier.

  5. Set proper expectations with the occupants. One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are clearly uneasy with the fact that an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. A common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, having the thought that will make the house appraise for more money and will delay the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. 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 without delay!


  6. Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status. No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 easier to keep track of the status of your report.

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