A Few Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to guarantee their client gets the best analysis that can be achieved. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Robert L Ripp, SRA is constantly acquiring new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. At Robert L Ripp, SRA we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few items you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals ordered from Robert L Ripp, SRA:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request 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 you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial. Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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 from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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

  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. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive earlier.

  5. Be sure the occupants know the plan. One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Not uncommonly they think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will increase the appraised value and will choose to not schedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little 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. Tell them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!


  6. Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.