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5 Steps to Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user receives the best data possible. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc. is constantly testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order with Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc..

Always order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off 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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always 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, don't hesitate to contact us

Be sure to let us know about the property's unique elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent 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 as early as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. Some homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the notion an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. Having the thought that it will make the house appraise for more money, some homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Tell them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Use our website to follow 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier and faster to keep track of the status of your report.