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Five Steps to Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the most useful data. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Adams Appraisal Service, Inc. is constantly researching new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Adams Appraisal Service, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few tips you can do to lower turn times when you order an appraisal with Adams Appraisal Service, Inc.:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment 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 re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property? Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 — however, remember that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

  4. Be sure to let us know about the property's unique characteristics. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property contribute 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive faster.

  5. Be sure the homeowner knows the plan. Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Under the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the inspection and will delay the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them 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 soon!


  6. Easily follow the status of your report on our website. 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 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.