5 Hints for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee their client gets the best information available. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Kent & Associates Appraisal is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Kent & Associates Appraisal we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered with Kent & Associates Appraisal.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

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

Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct details.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive faster.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. Many current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. Under the impression that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- some 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
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.