Five Hints for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client has the best information possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is continuously acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to lessen turn times every time you order an appraisal from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc..

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
Having just one number incorrect 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 are helpful data to pass long with your request. 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 differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Tell us up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, 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. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Believing that it will increase the value, a few homeowners think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the inspection until it is cleaned.

Coming from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Tell them to 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 soon!
Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to track the status of your report.