A Few Steps to Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their data gathering - all to guarantee their client gets the best information possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Clear Valuation is continuously acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Clear Valuation we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered with Clear Valuation:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the request 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 nor will you wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property? Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to 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 — however, remember that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

  3. You're always free to call us at 877-793-9600 if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

  4. Tell us up front of the property's unique elements. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details 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 characteristics 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. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.

  5. Set proper expectations with the occupants. One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the fact that a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take copious notes. With the belief that it will make the house appraise for more money, a few homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection . So they reschedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- some knowledge 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 helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!


  6. Use our website to verify 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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.