Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure their client is presented with the best information possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Personal Service Realty's Residential Valuation Group is continuously acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Personal Service Realty's Residential Valuation Group we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a handful of things you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered with Personal Service Realty's Residential Valuation Group.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request 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 manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

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

Be sure to let us know about the unique details of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing features add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, 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, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive faster.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Believing that it will increase the value, some homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the inspection. So they delay the inspection until it is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to track the status of your report.