Five Steps to Faster Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure their client has the best information possible. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Best Working Appraisals is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Best Working Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of things you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered with Best Working Appraisals.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

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

Let us know up front of the property's distinct features.
Cookie-cutter houses 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. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and 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 time consuming steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Under the belief that it will increase the value, some homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little info 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. Our website has many 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 become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
Are you using our website as a resource to follow your report's status?
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 available to you online. There's no faster way to track your report's status.