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A Few Tips for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information possible. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Crest Appraisal Services is constantly testing new tools and improving 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 some items you can do to decrease turn times every time you order an appraisal from Crest Appraisal Services.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily delay 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. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. With the notion that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they delay the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some info 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. 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 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. There's no easier or faster way to track your report's status.