Some Steps to Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to guarantee their client gets the best information possible. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Astute Appraisals, Inc. is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Astute Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few things you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered with Astute Appraisals, Inc..

Always order your appraisals online.
When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
Being just one number off on the street address can really 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. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — 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, don't hesitate to contact us

Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique details 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. With the belief that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they reschedule the inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone 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 likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
Easily keep tabs on 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been faster to track your report's status.