Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure their client is presented with the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . is continuously testing new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to hasten the process when you order an appraisal with Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc ..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily delay 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 might differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Be sure to tell us about the property's unique elements.
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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive sooner.
Let the occupants know what to expect.
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. Many current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the notion a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. Thinking that it will increase the value, many homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will put off the inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Our website is a great resource for verifying 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.