A Few Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee their client has the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, All City Appraisal is always testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since All City Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to trim turn times whenever you order an appraisal with All City Appraisal.

Always order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always 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 an appraisal we're working on for you.

Are you letting us know up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
Let the homeowner know what to expect.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are clearly uneasy with the thought an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make lots of notes. Having the thought that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the inspection. And will reschedule the inspection until it is cleaned.

Coming from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several 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 meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.
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