A Few Steps to Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee the end user has the best information possible. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, All City Appraisal is continuously acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order 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 items you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered with All City Appraisal.

Always order your appraisals online.
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to include with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Let us know up front of the property's unique elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive faster.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Some think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will make the house appraise higher. So they delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little info 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!
Our website is a great resource for tracking your report's status.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, 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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