A Few Hints for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their appraisal process - all to guarantee the end user is presented with the most useful data possible. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Hamaker Appraisal Services is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Hamaker Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few items you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered from Hamaker Appraisal Services:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.

  2. Make sure that the subject property data 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 are helpful data to include with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — however, remember that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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

  4. Are you letting us know up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique? Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive without delay.

  5. Let the occupants know what to expect. Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. One common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will increase the appraised value and will put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a little information 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. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!


  6. Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster or easier way to track your report's status.