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Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their research - all to guarantee their client gets the best data. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Nathan Wallace Appraisals is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Nathan Wallace Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order with Nathan Wallace Appraisals:

  1. Always order your appraisals on the Internet. By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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 must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. Feel free to call us at 3347902276 if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

  4. Be sure to let us know about the unique details of this property. Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property add 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive more quickly.

  5. Do the occupants know what to expect? One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. Many homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the fact that a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. Thinking that it will increase the value, a few homeowners think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection . So they delay the appointment until it is cleaned.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little knowledge 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. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!

  6. Are you using our website as a resource to track 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.