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Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client is presented with the best data possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Advantage Appraisal Services, LLC is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Advantage Appraisal Services, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few things you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals you order from Advantage Appraisal Services, LLC.

Order your appraisals electronically.
With online ordering, you automatically get 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! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with the assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

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

Be sure to let us know about the unique details of this property.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features contribute 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, having the thought that will increase the value. And will put off the inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the 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 change their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
Our website is a great resource for following 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of your report's status.