A Few Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best data available. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Graham Appraisal is continuously testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Graham Appraisal we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a handful of tips you can do to accelerate the process every time you order an appraisal from Graham Appraisal.

Order your appraisals online.
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off on the street address can really 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 sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

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

Be sure to tell us about the property's unique details.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing details 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive sooner.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will make the house appraise for more money. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- someone 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 increase their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Our website is a great resource for following your report's status.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier and faster to keep track of the status of your report.