5 Tips for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to ensure the end user receives the best data available. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Astute Appraisals, Inc. is constantly seeking new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Astute Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to accelerate the process every time you order an appraisal with Astute Appraisals, Inc..

Always order your appraisals online.
When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily delay 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

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

Tell us up front of the property's distinct details.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property add 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive without delay.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. And will put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of relevant 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 familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Why not our website as a resource to keep track of the status of your report?
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 is available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.