A Few Steps to Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee the end user gets the most useful information that can be achieved. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Academy Appraisal, Inc. is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Academy Appraisal, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a handful of items you can do to decrease turn times every time you order an appraisal from Academy Appraisal, Inc.:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.

  2. Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to include with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different 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. Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it unique? Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive earlier.

  5. Do the occupants know what to expect? Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, having the thought that will increase the value . So they delay the inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- some information 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 them to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment as soon as possible!


  6. Why not use our website as a resource to keep tabs on 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of your report's status.