A Few Steps to Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure their client has the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Hill Appraisal Associates, LLC is always seeking additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Hill Appraisal Associates, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few tips you can do to reduce turn times whenever you order an appraisal with Hill Appraisal Associates, LLC.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
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 re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always welcome to call us at

Let us know up front of the property's distinct features.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property contribute 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Many commonly think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. So they put off the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
Our website is a great resource for tracking 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. There's no faster way to keep track of your report's status.