A Few Steps to Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure the end user is presented with the best data possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. is continuously researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few items you can do to trim turn times whenever you order an appraisal with ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc..

Always order your appraisals electronically.
With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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

Be sure to let us know about the property's unique features.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics contribute 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive faster.
What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Some current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. With the belief that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the inspection. So they put off the appointment until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a little 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.