Some Tips for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client gets the best data to be had. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Crowe Appraisals is always testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since Crowe Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order from Crowe Appraisals.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
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 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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

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

Be sure to let us know about the unique details of this property.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
Let the occupants know what to expect.
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. With the belief that it will make the house appraise for more money, many homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will delay the appointment until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates 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 way to track the status of your report.