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5 Tips for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client is presented with the best information available. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Elite Appraisal Services is always researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Elite Appraisal Services we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a couple of tips you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal with Elite Appraisal Services.

Order your appraisals electronically.
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request 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 the order was received.
Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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. 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 a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Be sure to tell us about the unique features of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics add 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive quicker.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. One common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. So they delay the inspection until it is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- some 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 can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. 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 as quickly as possible!
Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 easier to keep track of the status of your report.