Some Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user receives the best data possible. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. is continuously acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to reduce turn times when you order an appraisal from ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc..

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you receive automatic 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 we received the request.
Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to include with the request. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct characteristics.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique features contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report 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 prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive earlier.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Some homeowners are clearly uneasy with the notion an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. Under the impression that it will make the house appraise for more money, many homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they delay the inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Our website is a great resource for following 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 is instantly available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to track the status of your report.