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5 Hints for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the best information possible. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Crest Appraisal Services is constantly testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Crest Appraisal Services we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals ordered with Crest Appraisal Services.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to 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 a job we're working on for you.

Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive faster.
Let the occupants 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. Some homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Believing that it will increase the value, many homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they put off the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Why not our website as a resource to track 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of the status of your report.