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Five Suggestions for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to ensure their client receives the best data available. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Elite Appraisal Services is always acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Elite Appraisal Services we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a handful of items you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal with Elite Appraisal Services.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request 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 we received the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 in 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.

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

Be sure to tell us about the unique characteristics of this property.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Many current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the thought a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. Having the thought that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the inspection. And will reschedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.