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5 Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their research - all to ensure the end user gets the best analysis. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Parkway Appraisals is constantly acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Parkway Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order from Parkway Appraisals:

  1. Order your appraisals on the Internet. With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to include with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — however, remember that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, you're always free to call us at 336-620-2913

  4. Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct? Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property contribute 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 had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive sooner.

  5. Did you make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect? One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. Many homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the idea that an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take lots of notes. Under the belief that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection . So they delay the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- some info 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. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!

  6. Our website is a great resource for tracking 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 is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.