5 Tips for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee the end user gets the most useful data that can be achieved. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Doucette Appraisals Inc. is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Doucette Appraisals Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of things you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered from Doucette Appraisals Inc.:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the request 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.

  2. 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. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to pass along with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — however, remember that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, feel free to call us at 843-251-1782

  4. Be sure to tell us about the unique details of this property. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements contribute 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, and it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.

  5. Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect? One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Having the thought that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection . So they reschedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Easily follow the status of your report on our website. No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier or faster way to track your report's status.