Five Tips for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best analysis possible. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Robert L Ripp, SRA is continuously seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Robert L Ripp, SRA knows that time is important to everyone, below are a handful of things you can do to trim turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Robert L Ripp, SRA:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.

  2. Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass along with your request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — however, remember 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 appraisal we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

  4. Be sure to tell us about the unique elements of this property. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.

  5. Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect? Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are clearly uneasy with the thought that an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. Believing that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the inspection . So they choose to not schedule the inspection until it is cleaned.

    Hearing it directly 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. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Why not use our website as a resource 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 easier to track the status of your report.