5 Tips for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure their client receives the best information available. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to trim turn times when you order an appraisal from Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc ..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering 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 the order was received.
Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect 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 pass long with the assignment. 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 be different from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at

Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive earlier.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. With the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will put off the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on the status of your report.
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 or easier way to keep track of your report's status.