Some Hints for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure their client receives the best information to be had. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is always acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc..

Order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with your request. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always 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 call us at

Let us know up front of the property's unique features.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Believing that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they put off the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Why not our website as a resource to keep track of the status of your report?
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.