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Some Tips for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to ensure their client receives the best data to be had. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Abandy & Associates Appraisal Services is continuously seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Abandy & Associates Appraisal Services we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some items you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal with Abandy & Associates Appraisal Services.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
Make sure that the subject property information 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 is helpful information to pass long with the assignment. 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 may differ from yours.

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

Let us know up front of the property's unique elements.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive quicker.
Let the homeowner know what to expect.
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Many homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the thought a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. Many commonly think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will increase the value. And will reschedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a little information 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!
Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to track your report's status.