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5 Tips for a Faster Home Appraisal: An Interview with Christopher K. Stamper of Stamper's Appraisals

By Christopher Stamper

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Our company is a two-man father and son team of Certified Residential Appraisers consisting of my father John and myself. We specialize in land, single family, 2-4 unit, and unique/custom residential property appraisals.

What is the the typical amount of time that it takes to have a home appraisal done?

That can vary greatly with the purpose and type of appraisal needed for the assignment. However, on a typical single family residence it usually takes around 4-7 days from the time the report is ordered before delivery.

What are some of the biggest factors in determining how fast a homeowner will get a copy of the report?

The purpose of the assignment (loan transaction, estate or trust proceedings, court proceedings, etc.) and complexity of the actual subject property (style of construction, age, lot size, sq ft, location, etc.).

Can you give some common examples of unique property features you've seen in Southern California houses?

I have seen many unusual and unique features over the years but some of the most remarkable include geodesic dome and earth/sod construction, hidden passages, interior waterfalls/pools, observatories, replica western towns, and imported 12th century doors from Italy.

What are some ways that an appraiser might be able to speed up the home appraisal process?

I believe the best way for an appraiser to speed up the appraisal process is by using the latest appraisal technology available to them. Personally for me having a tablet computer and laser measurer for the inspection has increased efficiency and productivity by eliminating the need for repetitive typing or secondary trips to the neighborhood, saving me valuable time.

In most cases, is there anything that a homeowner or occupant can do to help make the process faster?

Usually I make sure that the homeowner or occupant knows the appraiser needs access to the crawl space, attic, all interior rooms, garage, hot water heater, smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector, sheds, and outbuildings on the property for photos. Therefore, I ask that all doors be unlocked and any personal possessions blocking access to these areas be moved if possible.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

Our company may be contacted on our office phone at 909-425-2258. I personally can be contacted by email at chris@stampersappraisals.com.

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