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5 Tips for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee their client has the best information available. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, (208) 782-0233 is always testing new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At (208) 782-0233 we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to trim turn times when you order an appraisal with (208) 782-0233.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
Having just one number incorrect 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 are good data to include with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to 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 call us at

Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics unique to a property 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the notion a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. Thinking that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they put off the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Why not our website as a resource to follow 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. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.