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Five Steps to Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process - all to ensure their client is presented with the best data that can be achieved. To keep up with the always changing requirements, D.C. Appraisal Service is always researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At D.C. Appraisal Service we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered with D.C. Appraisal Service:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the request 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 we got the order.

  2. Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete. Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ 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 telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it unique? It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements add 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 recently had an addition built 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 early on will likely make your report arrive faster.

  5. Let the occupants know what to expect. Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious 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 abundant notes. With the belief that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by and will delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Easily follow the status of your report on our website. 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to track the status of your report.