A Few Tips for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to guarantee their client receives the best information possible. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Graham Appraisal is continuously acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Graham Appraisal we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a handful of things you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals ordered with Graham Appraisal.

Order your appraisals electronically.
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Confirm that the subject property information 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — 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 call us at

Let us know up front of the property's unique features.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive sooner.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Under the belief that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- some information 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Tell them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
Our website is a great resource for verifying your report's status.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. There's no faster way to track your report's status.