A Few Tips for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their data gathering - all to ensure the end user is presented with the most useful information. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Robert L Ripp, SRA is continuously acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Robert L Ripp, SRA we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to hasten the process every time you order an appraisal with Robert L Ripp, SRA:

  1. Always order your appraisals electronically. By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail notifications 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial. Being just one number off 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 great data to include with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — however, remember that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at 970-279-3499

  4. Be sure to tell us about the unique characteristics of this property. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property 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. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive sooner.

  5. Be sure the homeowner knows the plan. Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Thinking that it will increase the value, many homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the inspection . So they choose to not schedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment as quickly as possible!


  6. Our website is a great resource for verifying your report's status. No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. There's no easier way to keep track of your report's status.