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A Few Hints for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to ensure their client receives the best information available. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Russell Appraisal Service is always acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Russell Appraisal Service knows that time is important to everyone, here are some things you can do to lower turn times when you order an appraisal from Russell Appraisal Service.

Order your appraisals electronically.
When you order online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to pass long with the 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 might differ from yours.

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

Tell us up front of the property's distinct details.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know 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, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the idea an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. With the notion that it will make the house appraise for more money, a few homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the inspection. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the 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 change their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
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 instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.