5 Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure their client is presented with the best data available. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, All City Appraisal is continuously acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At All City Appraisal we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few tips you can do to decrease turn times when you order an appraisal from All City Appraisal.

Order your appraisals online.
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Verify that the subject property data 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 great data to include with your request. 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.

Feel free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Tell us up front of the property's unique details.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details add 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 susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are clearly uneasy with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take copious notes. Believing that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Coming from you -- someone 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 change their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on the status of your report.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of your report's status.
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