A Few Hints for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee their client has the best information possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Appraise Colorado Inc is always seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Appraise Colorado Inc we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order from Appraise Colorado Inc.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to pass long with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — 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 an assignment we're working on for you.

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 details unique to a property add 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 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 predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. A common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, thinking that will increase the value. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- a 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have lots of pages of helpful 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's to their benefit to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Why not our website as a resource to follow your report's status?
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 to you online. There's no easier way to track the status of your report.