Some Steps to Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure the end user gets the best data possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Alliance Appraisal, Inc. is continuously researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Alliance Appraisal, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few tips you can do to decrease turn times whenever you order an appraisal with Alliance Appraisal, Inc..

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
Make sure 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 helpful information to include with your request. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Many current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the idea an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will increase the value. So they reschedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
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 the status of your report.