Some Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the best analysis possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Home Guide Realty Services is always testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Home Guide Realty Services we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few tips you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered with Home Guide Realty Services:


  1. Order your appraisals electronically. By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.

  2. Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass along with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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

  4. Are you letting us know up front any characteristics 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 characteristics unique to a property 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive without delay.

  5. Be sure the homeowner knows the plan. Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, having the thought that will increase the appraised value . So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!


  6. Our website is a great resource for verifying the status of your report. No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. There's no faster way to track the status of your report.