Five Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee their client has the best information available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Astute Appraisals, Inc. is continuously seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Astute Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some items you can do to reduce turn times when you order an appraisal with Astute Appraisals, Inc..

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the order 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 you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
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 good information to include with the request. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always free to call us at

Be sure to tell us about the unique features of this property.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property 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 characteristics 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. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Some homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the notion an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. With the belief that it will make the house appraise for more money, many homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some information 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 lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
Are you using our website as a resource to follow 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.