5 Tips for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client has the best information available. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, All City Appraisal is constantly seeking new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. At All City Appraisal we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few items you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal with All City Appraisal.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
Complete and accurate subject property information 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 is great information to pass long with the request. 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 may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Be sure to tell us about the property's unique characteristics.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent 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 characteristics 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'd find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the idea an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. Thinking that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing 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 likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report.
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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier way to keep track of your report's status.
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