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Five Hints for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to guarantee their client gets the best data possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Crockett Appraisal Service, Inc. is constantly seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Crockett Appraisal Service, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few items you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered with Crockett Appraisal Service, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone 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.
Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised 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 an assignment we're working on for you.

Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property add 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 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 predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive faster.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the notion an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. Under the impression that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the inspection. So they delay the appointment until it is cleaned.

Coming from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a little 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. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Are you using our website as a resource to keep track of the status of your report?
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. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.