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Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to guarantee their client is presented with the best information. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, DIDIER APPRAISAL is continuously seeking additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At DIDIER APPRAISAL we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal from DIDIER APPRAISAL:

  1. Order your appraisals electronically. When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property? There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

  4. Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct characteristics. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report 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 susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive sooner.

  5. Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect? One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. Some homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the fact that an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. Many commonly think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will increase the appraised value . So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have multiple pages of helpful 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 benefits them to set the appointment soon!


  6. Use our website to track your report's status. 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 is available to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.