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Five Steps to Faster Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user receives the best data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Crest Appraisal Services is always seeking new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since Crest Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal with Crest Appraisal Services.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the assignment 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 you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
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. 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 call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics 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 constructed, 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 is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. Many current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the notion an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. Having the thought that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will reschedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Tell them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Use our website to follow your report's status.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.