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Five Hints for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Advantage Appraisal Services, LLC is constantly acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Advantage Appraisal Services, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal from Advantage Appraisal Services, LLC.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, 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! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different 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

Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the thought a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take lots of notes. Having the thought that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some info 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Our website is a great resource for verifying your report's status.
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 faster way to track the status of your report.