A Few Tips for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure the end user is presented with the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Appraise Colorado Inc is always seeking additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since Appraise Colorado Inc knows that time is important to everyone, below are a handful of tips you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order from Appraise Colorado Inc.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off 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 good 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 might differ from yours.

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

Be sure to tell us about the property's unique details.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics 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 had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
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. Some homeowners are clearly uneasy with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. Many commonly think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, having the thought that will make the house appraise for more money. So they reschedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some info 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
Why not our website as a resource to keep track of 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 track the status of your report.