A Few Tips for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to guarantee their client receives the best information possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, H.M. Hoffman & Company is constantly researching new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since H.M. Hoffman & Company knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few things you can do to trim turn times whenever you order an appraisal with H.M. Hoffman & Company.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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 may differ from yours.

You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property contribute 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive earlier.
What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are clearly uneasy with the fact an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take copious notes. With the belief that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will put off the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!
Are you using our website as a resource to keep track of your report's status?
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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.