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Five Steps to Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their data gathering - all to guarantee their client is presented with the most useful information that can be achieved. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Jeanette Ford Appraisal Service is constantly seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. Since Jeanette Ford Appraisal Service knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few things you can do to accelerate the process every time you order an appraisal with Jeanette Ford Appraisal Service:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property? 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 good information to pass along with the request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. Feel free to call us at 919-669-1422 if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

  4. Tell us up front of the property's unique details. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements unique to a property 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive sooner.

  5. Let the homeowner know what to expect. One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. Some current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the idea that an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. One common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will increase the appraised value . So they choose to not schedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment as quickly as possible!

  6. Easily keep tabs on 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster way to keep track of the status of your report.