A Few Suggestions for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to ensure their client gets the most useful data that can be achieved. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Baldwin & Hufstetler Real Estate Appraiser is constantly seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. At Baldwin & Hufstetler Real Estate Appraiser we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a handful of things you can do to reduce turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Baldwin & Hufstetler Real Estate Appraiser:

  1. Order your appraisals on the Internet. When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. 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 interrupt 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — however, remember that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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

  4. Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it distinct? It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing features contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive sooner.

  5. Let the occupants know what to expect. Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the fact that an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. With the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the inspection . So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!

  6. Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status. 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.