5 Hints for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure their client has the best data to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Sound Appraisal Group, Inc is continuously testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Sound Appraisal Group, Inc we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some items you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal with Sound Appraisal Group, Inc.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
Being just one number off on the street address can really 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. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may 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.

Be sure to let us know about the property's unique details.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Many commonly think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the notion that will increase the value. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of helpful 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. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
Our website is a great resource for verifying the status of your report.
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 is available instantly to you online. There's no faster way to keep track of the status of your report.