Five Tips for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user receives the best information possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Bearing Commercial Appraisal is constantly acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Bearing Commercial Appraisal we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to lessen turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Bearing Commercial Appraisal:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? When you order online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property? Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily delay 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 in the area — however, remember that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always welcome to call us at 719-694-1054

  4. Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it unique? It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique details add 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.

  5. Let the occupants know what to expect. Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the thought that a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. Not uncommonly they think they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, having the thought that will increase the appraised value . So they delay the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!


  6. Why not use our website as a resource to keep tabs on your report's status? No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. There's no faster way to track your report's status.