Some Steps to Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure the end user receives the best information available. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Alliance Appraisal, Inc. is always acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. At Alliance Appraisal, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order from Alliance Appraisal, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you get automatic 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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 — remember, however, 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 an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us

Tell us up front of the property's unique features.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing features contribute 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'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive without delay.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Thinking that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they put off the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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 track the status of your report.