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Some Steps to Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to ensure their client gets the best information to be had. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Crest Appraisal Services is continuously testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Crest Appraisal Services we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few tips you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered with Crest Appraisal Services.

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! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay 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 from 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 differ from yours.

You're always 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 distinct details.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique features add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive without delay.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Some current homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the fact an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. Many commonly think they should make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will make the house appraise for more money. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as 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 as soon as possible!
Why not our website as a resource to follow 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 your report's status.