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Some Hints for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc. is always acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to accelerate the process every time you order an appraisal from Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate data 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us

Let us know up front of the property's distinct 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. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. With the belief that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person 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 change their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
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. There's no faster way to keep track of your report's status.