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Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure the end user receives the best data possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Russell Appraisal Service is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Russell Appraisal Service knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal with Russell Appraisal Service.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to 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 in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

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

Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct details.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, 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 prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Some think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, having the thought that will increase the value. So they delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Why not our website as a resource to verify 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.