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5 Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee the end user gets the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Russell Appraisal Service is always seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Russell Appraisal Service we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order from Russell Appraisal Service.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's 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 got the request.
Make sure 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 good information to pass long with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Be sure to tell us about the unique characteristics of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. Many homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the idea a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. Not uncommonly they think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will make the house appraise higher. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until it is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Why not our website as a resource to follow your report's status?
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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. There's no faster or easier way to track your report's status.