Some Hints for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to ensure the end user gets the most useful data. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Loveland Properties and Appraisal is continuously testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. Since Loveland Properties and Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, here are a handful of tips you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals you order with Loveland Properties and Appraisal:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is 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 the order was received.

  2. Verify that the subject property information 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. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

  3. You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

  4. Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct characteristics. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property 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, and it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive without delay.

  5. Set proper expectations with the homeowner. Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. With the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by . So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- some information 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. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!


  6. Why not use our website as a resource to keep track of the status of your report? 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 is available instantly to you online. There's no faster way to track your report's status.