A Few Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee the end user receives the best information available. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, H.M. Hoffman & Company is constantly testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since H.M. Hoffman & Company knows that time is important to everyone, below are some things you can do to lessen turn times whenever you order an appraisal with H.M. Hoffman & Company.

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Let us know up front of the property's unique details.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive earlier.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Under the impression that it will increase the value, many homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the inspection. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
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 is available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.