A Few Tips for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure the end user receives the best data possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Phoenix Valuations, LLC is continuously acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Phoenix Valuations, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few items you can do to lessen turn times when you order an appraisal from Phoenix Valuations, LLC.

Always order your appraisals electronically.
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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 area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always free to call us at

Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order 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 predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Having the thought that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will delay the inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
Why not our website as a resource to track the status of your report?
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 your report's status.