Five Tips for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Choice Appraisals, Inc. is continuously testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Choice Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of things you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered from Choice Appraisals, Inc..

Order your appraisals electronically.
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
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 are good data to pass long with the request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

You're always welcome 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 characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive more quickly.
What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the idea an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. Not uncommonly they think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, having the thought that will increase the appraised value. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
Our website is a great resource for tracking 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.