Five Tips for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information available. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services is continuously acquiring new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some things you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal from Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services.

Always order your appraisals electronically.
When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the order 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 manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
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. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to include with the request. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us

Be sure to tell us about the unique characteristics of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property add 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are clearly uneasy with the notion a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take abundant notes. With the notion that it will increase the value, some homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge 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 your customers to this website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
Are you using our website as a resource to follow 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.