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Five Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure the end user gets the best analysis that can be achieved. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Elite Appraisal Services is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Elite Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few things you can do to hasten the process each time you order an appraisal with Elite Appraisal Services:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial. Being just one number off on the street address can really 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 in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

  3. Feel free to call us at (281) 997-9300 if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

  4. Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct elements. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and 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 quicker.

  5. Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect? One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. Many current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the fact that a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take copious notes. Some think they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the notion that will make the house appraise higher and will delay the inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment quickly!

  6. Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report. Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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.