A Few Suggestions for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc. is continuously researching new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few items you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals ordered with Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc..

Order your appraisals electronically.
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

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

Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features 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 elements 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. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive earlier.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Some homeowners are clearly uneasy with the fact a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. Thinking that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Use our website to follow 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 your report's status.