A Few Tips for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process - all to ensure the end user receives the best analysis possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, My Appraisal Office LLC is always acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At My Appraisal Office LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal with My Appraisal Office LLC:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key 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 unnecessarily interrupt 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 — however, remember that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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

  4. Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it distinct? It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive without delay.

  5. Set proper expectations with the occupants. One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Some homeowners are understandably uneasy with the fact that an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. One common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, thinking that will increase the value . So they delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.

    Coming from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Easily follow the status of your report on our website. 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 is available to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.