5 Tips for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their research - all to guarantee their client gets the best analysis that can be achieved. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Atlantic Appraisal Solutions, LLC is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Atlantic Appraisal Solutions, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of items you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal from Atlantic Appraisal Solutions, LLC:
  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations 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 manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property? Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to pass along with the request. Even a list of recent area sales 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.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us

  4. Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it unique? It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive sooner.

  5. Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect? Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are clearly uneasy with the idea that a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take copious notes. Some think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, under the impression that will make the house appraise higher . So they reschedule the appointment until they have cleaned.

    Coming from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a little info 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. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Tell them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!

  6. Use our website to follow your report's status. 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 faster to track the status of your report.