5 Hints for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee their client is presented with the best data to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Allen Appraisal Service is continuously testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Allen Appraisal Service knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to lower turn times each time you order an appraisal from Allen Appraisal Service.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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 sales in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property add 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive sooner.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are clearly uneasy with the notion a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. One common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, having the thought that will increase the appraised value. And will reschedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Tell them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Easily keep tabs on 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 is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.

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