Some Hints for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure the end user gets the most useful data possible. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, PAYNE Appraisal, LLC is constantly testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since PAYNE Appraisal, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal from PAYNE Appraisal, LLC:


  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property? There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 area sales is welcome — though be advised 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 an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at (817) 220-0637.

  4. Be sure to let us know about the property's unique details. Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive quicker.

  5. Did you make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect? One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. Many current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the fact that an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. Some think they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the notion that will make the house appraise for more money . So they choose to not schedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!


  6. Are you using our website as a resource to track 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier and faster to keep track of your report's status.