Five Tips for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure their client receives the best information available. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . is always acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered with Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc ..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you get 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! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to pass long with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

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

Let us know up front of the property's distinct elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know 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, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive quicker.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. A common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, under the impression that will increase the appraised value. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Use our website to follow your report's status.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no faster way to keep track of your report's status.