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A Few Tips for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure their client has the best information possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is constantly seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few items you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc..

Order your appraisals electronically.
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

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

Let us know up front of the property's unique features.
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 had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the idea a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. Believing that it will make the house appraise for more money, some homeowners believe they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!
Easily track the status of your report on our website.
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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.