A Few Hints for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure their client has the best data available. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Choice Appraisals, Inc. is continuously acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Choice Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few items you can do to lessen turn times when you order an appraisal from Choice Appraisals, Inc..

Always order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
Being just one number off 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 include with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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

Tell us up front of the property's distinct details.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the thought an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Thinking that it will make the house appraise for more money, many homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they reschedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Tell them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
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. It's never been easier to track your report's status.