Five Hints for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the best information possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Graham Appraisal is continuously researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Graham Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, here are some items you can do to hasten the process when you order an appraisal with Graham Appraisal.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
Being just one number off 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — 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 a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Be sure to let us know about the property's unique characteristics.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive faster.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Having the thought that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the inspection. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment promptly!
Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on the status of your report.
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 track the status of your report.