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Some Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure their client gets the best information available. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Buckeye Valley Appraisals is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Buckeye Valley Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a couple of things you can do to hasten the process when you order an appraisal with Buckeye Valley Appraisals.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, 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 a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at

Let us know up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements add 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 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. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive faster.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the thought an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Under the impression that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners believe they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little info 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Encourage them to 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 as soon as possible!
Use our website to follow 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.