5 Tips for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user receives the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. is continuously acquiring new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of things you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal with ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
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. 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.

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

Be sure to let us know about the unique characteristics of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive faster.
Let the homeowner know what to expect.
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. 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 lots of notes. Some think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the notion that will make the house appraise for more money. And will put off the inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 them to this website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Our website is a great resource for following 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 the status of your report.