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Some Steps to Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to ensure the end user receives the best data. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is always acquiring new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a couple of tips you can do to reduce turn times when you order an appraisal from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc.:

  1. Always order your appraisals on the Internet. When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property data is key. 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 good data to pass along with the assignment. 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 be different from yours.

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

  4. Are you letting us know up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct? Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive more quickly.

  5. Be sure the occupants know the plan. Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the fact that a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take copious notes. Having the thought that it will make the house appraise for more money, some homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the inspection and will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- some knowledge 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 relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!


  6. 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.