5 Tips for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee their client has the best information possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, H.M. Hoffman & Company is continuously seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since H.M. Hoffman & Company knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered with H.M. Hoffman & Company.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to 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, don't hesitate to contact us

Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive without delay.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Under the belief that it will make the house appraise for more money, a few homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they delay the inspection until it is cleaned.

Coming from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.