Some Tips for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure their client has the best information possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. is constantly acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. At ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order from ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
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 helpful information to pass long with your request. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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

Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct?
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 constructed, 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 as early as possible will likely make your report arrive quicker.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. Many current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the notion an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make lots of notes. With the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- the 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 can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment quickly!
Our website is a great resource for verifying your report's status.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.