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5 Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user receives the best data possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Crest Appraisal Services is constantly testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Crest Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of items you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal from Crest Appraisal Services.

Order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations 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 the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include 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 may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Are you letting us know up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how details 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. A common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will make the house appraise higher. And will put off the appointment until they have cleaned.

Coming from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some information 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 time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Use our website to keep track of your report's status.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 keep track of the status of your report.