Some Hints for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user has the best data to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Triangle Residential Valuations is continuously testing additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Triangle Residential Valuations we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few things you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal with Triangle Residential Valuations.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

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

Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct?
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing 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 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 will find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive sooner.
Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. With the idea that it will increase the value, many homeowners think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they put off the inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
Use our website to keep tabs on 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.