A Few Tips for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to guarantee their client is presented with the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, All City Appraisal is constantly seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since All City Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few tips you can do to lessen turn times each time you order an appraisal with All City Appraisal.

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order 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 nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
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 are good data to pass long 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 welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Be sure to let us know about the unique features of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive quicker.
Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. A common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, under the impression that will increase the value. And will delay the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Tell 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 soon!
Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
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. There's no faster way to track the status of your report.
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