A Few Suggestions for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee the end user has the best data to be had. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Chris Peterson is constantly acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Chris Peterson we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to reduce turn times when you order an appraisal from Chris Peterson.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
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 sales in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

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

Tell us up front of the property's distinct details.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property 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 had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
Let the occupants know what to expect.
One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. Many homeowners are clearly uneasy with the fact a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. With the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- someone they've 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 can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free 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 familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Why not our website as a resource to follow the status of your report?
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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.