Five Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to ensure the end user is presented with the best data available. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Triangle Residential Valuations is always testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Triangle Residential Valuations we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some items you can do to decrease turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Triangle Residential Valuations.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to include with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — 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 a job we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us

Be sure to tell us about the property's unique elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive quicker.
Let the occupants know what to expect.
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Under the belief that it will increase the value, many homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Use our website to track 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 is available instantly to you online. There's no faster way to track your report's status.