A Few Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to guarantee their client receives the best data available. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Harris Appraisals LLC is constantly acquiring new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Harris Appraisals LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a handful of tips you can do to lessen turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Harris Appraisals LLC.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request 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 you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to pass long with your request. 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.

You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements add 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive earlier.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. Some homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the fact an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. With the belief that it will make the house appraise for more money, many homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been faster and easier to track your report's status.