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5 Tips for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client receives the best data to be had. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Russell Appraisal Service is continuously acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Russell Appraisal Service we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to lessen turn times when you order an appraisal with Russell Appraisal Service.

Order your appraisals online.
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
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 great 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.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, feel free to call us at

Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements 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 features 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 will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
Let the occupants know what to expect.
One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Some homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the notion a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. With the idea that it will increase the value, some homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they reschedule the inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even 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 without delay!
Our website is a great resource for verifying 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.