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A Few Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure the end user has the best data to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Crest Appraisal Services is continuously researching new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. Since Crest Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few tips you can do to lessen turn times whenever you order an appraisal with Crest Appraisal Services.

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements 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 re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass long with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us

Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct characteristics.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive sooner.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the idea an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Having the thought that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Our website is a great resource for verifying 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier or faster way to track your report's status.