Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their research - all to ensure their client is presented with the best information. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, JC Appraisal LLC is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since JC Appraisal LLC knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few things you can do to lower turn times whenever you order an appraisal with JC Appraisal LLC:

  1. Order your appraisals on the Internet. With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property? There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at 608-839-7008

  4. Let us know up front of the property's unique details. Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique details 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. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.

  5. What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect? Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the idea that an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Under the impression that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the inspection and will choose to not schedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Coming 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 increase their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!


  6. Our website is a great resource for tracking your report's status. 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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster way to keep track of the status of your report.