Some Hints for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best information possible. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Home and Hearth Appraisals LLC is always seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Home and Hearth Appraisals LLC knows that time is important to everyone, below are some things you can do to lessen turn times every time you order an appraisal with Home and Hearth Appraisals LLC.

Always order your appraisals online.
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the assignment 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 manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from 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 a job we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us

Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. Some current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the fact an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. One common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, thinking that will increase the value. And will reschedule the inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some info 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 time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Our website is a great resource for verifying the status of your report.
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 is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.