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Five Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to guarantee their client receives the best information available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc. is constantly seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are a couple of things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order with Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc..

Always order your appraisals online.
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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 may differ from yours.

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

Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements contribute 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 details 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. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. Many current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. Under the belief that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until it is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little 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 time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Are you using our website as a resource to track 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 keep track of the status of your report.