Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure the end user gets the best information that can be achieved. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Freistroffer Appraisal Service / Thomas Freistroffer-Certified Residential Appraiser is continuously acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Freistroffer Appraisal Service / Thomas Freistroffer-Certified Residential Appraiser knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered from Freistroffer Appraisal Service / Thomas Freistroffer-Certified Residential Appraiser:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.

  2. Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete. Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass along with the 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 differ from yours.

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

  4. Be sure to let us know about the unique elements of this property. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. 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 had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive sooner.

  5. Let the homeowner know what to expect. Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the idea that an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. Believing that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by . So they reschedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Why not use our website as a resource to keep track of the status of your report? No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 easier or faster way to track the status of your report.