5 Suggestions for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure the end user receives the best information to be had. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is always seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are a couple of tips you can do to accelerate the process whenever you order an appraisal from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc..

Order your appraisals electronically.
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
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 great data to pass long with your assignment. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — though be advised 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 an appraisal we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Be sure to let us know about the unique characteristics of this property.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive sooner.
Let the occupants know what to expect.
One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Under the impression that it will increase the value, some homeowners believe they need to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they put off the inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report.
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 available to you online. There's no easier way to keep track of your report's status.