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5 Hints for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee their client gets the best data possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Elite Appraisal Services is always researching new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Elite Appraisal Services we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to lower turn times whenever you order an appraisal with Elite Appraisal Services.

Always order your appraisals electronically.
When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily delay 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 area sales 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, you're always welcome to contact us

Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
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. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. With the belief that it will increase the value, some homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the inspection. So they delay the appointment until it is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even 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 promptly!
Use our website to keep tabs on 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.