Five Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure their client gets the best data possible. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, All City Appraisal is always acquiring additional tools and improving 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 we've listed some tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order with All City Appraisal.

Always order your appraisals electronically.
When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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 area sales is welcome — remember, however, 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.

Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements contribute 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. With the belief that it will increase the value, many homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.
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