A Few Hints for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee their client gets the best data available. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Appraise Colorado Inc is always seeking new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Appraise Colorado Inc we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a couple of items you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order with Appraise Colorado Inc.

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay 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 — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Tell us up front of the property's unique characteristics.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. With the belief that it will increase the value, some homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little bit 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. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Use our website 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to track your report's status.