A Few Hints for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure their client is presented with the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is constantly seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few things you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal with Shamrock Appraisals, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. And if you have a tax parcel number, plat map number, subdivision name or anything else that uniquely identifies the property, please pass it along. We even welcome lists of recent sales from 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

Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique features 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 recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
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 tasks in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the fact an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. Some think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the notion that will increase the appraised value. And will delay the appointment until they have cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some information 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 appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
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. There's no easier or faster way to track the status of your report.