A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data possible. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Graham Appraisal is continuously seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Graham Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to lessen turn times whenever you order an appraisal with Graham Appraisal.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at

Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct?
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique features 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 characteristics 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. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive faster.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. Many current homeowners are clearly uneasy with the thought an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. Many commonly think they must make the place spotless before the inspection, thinking that will increase the value. So they delay the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- a person 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 increase their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Use our website to verify 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 is available instantly to you online. There's no faster or easier way to track the status of your report.