5 Hints for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the most useful information that can be achieved. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, RJS Appraisals is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since RJS Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered with RJS Appraisals:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? When you order online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property? 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. 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 might differ from yours.

  3. You're always welcome 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 unique features. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics add 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive faster.

  5. Do the occupants know what to expect? Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Thinking that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the inspection and will reschedule the inspection until they have cleaned.

    Coming from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- some info 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. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Use our website to keep tabs on 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.