Some Tips for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure their client has the best data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Graham Appraisal is always testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Graham Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few tips you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered with Graham Appraisal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass long with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. 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. When you order 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 would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Not uncommonly they think they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, thinking that will increase the value. So they put off the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Are you using our website as a resource to keep track of your report's status?
- 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 keep track of the status of your report.