Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to ensure their client receives the best analysis that can be achieved. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Mountain High Appraisals, LLC is continuously researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Mountain High Appraisals, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered with Mountain High Appraisals, LLC:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the order 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 re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate data 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 is great information to pass along with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to 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 appraisal we're working on for you, you're always welcome to call us at 720-296-0159

  4. Are you letting us know up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct? Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing details 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive quicker.

  5. Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect? One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. Many current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the idea that an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. Many commonly think they must make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will make the house appraise higher . So they delay the inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Easily track the status of your report on our website. 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 instantly available to you online. It's never been easier and faster to keep track of the status of your report.