A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure their client receives the best data. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Ellis Appraisal Services, Inc. is constantly testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Ellis Appraisal Services, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few tips you can do to hasten the process when you order an appraisal from Ellis Appraisal Services, Inc.:

  1. Always order your appraisals online. By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property data is key. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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 in the area — however, remember that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

  3. You're always welcome to call us at 407-436-4052 if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

  4. Let us know up front of the property's unique characteristics. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details add 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 recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive without delay.

  5. Let the occupants know what to expect. Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the idea that an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. Believing that it will make the house appraise for more money, some homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection . So they put off the appointment until it is cleaned.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- some 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 several pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!

  6. Our website is a great resource for verifying the status of your report. 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 instantly available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to track your report's status.