Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the best data possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Graham Appraisal is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes in order 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 some tips you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals you order from Graham Appraisal.

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass long with your assignment. 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 may differ from yours.

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Let us know up front of the property's distinct details.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property contribute 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the notion an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. One common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, having the thought that will increase the value. And will delay the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing from you -- someone 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
Use our website to follow your report's status.
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.