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5 Tips for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to ensure the end user gets the best analysis that can be achieved. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Allred Certified Appraisals is continuously acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Allred Certified Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered with Allred Certified Appraisals:

  1. Always order your appraisals electronically. By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

  3. You're always free to call us at (916) 217-2333 if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

  4. Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct features. Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive faster.

  5. Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect? One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. Some homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the fact that an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make lots of notes. A common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, having the thought that will make the house appraise for more money and will put off the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has lots of 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 become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!

  6. Use our website to verify 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 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.