Five Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to ensure the end user is presented with the most useful data possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Forshay Appraisals, Inc. is continuously seeking additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Forshay Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are a handful of tips you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order with Forshay Appraisals, Inc.:

  1. Order your appraisals on the Internet. When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial. Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to pass along 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.

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

  4. Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it unique? It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive without delay.

  5. Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of 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. Some homeowners are understandably uneasy with the thought that an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. Some think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the idea that will make the house appraise higher . So they put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

    Hearing 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 customers to our website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Use our website to keep track of your report's status. 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 instantly available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.