5 Tips for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to ensure the end user gets the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a handful of tips you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal from Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc..

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you automatically get 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect 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 are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Be sure to tell us about the unique details of this property.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique characteristics 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 will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. Many current homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the thought a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take lots of notes. One common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Are you using our website as a resource to keep track of your report's status?
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.