I think it is important to be able to take a vacation from time to time. Perhaps your vacation is an opportunity to build relationships or simply a time to relax and get away from it all, but you should be able to leave your office for one to two weeks without it having a detrimental effect on your appraisal business.
Now, I understand that there will likely be some negative effects for anyone to leave their office for an extended period of time. You are the appraiser and the business owner, so of course things will run a little differently without you around. Nevertheless, things should still run efficiently and effectively when you are away.
If you are worried about your business suffering major financial and professional setbacks every time you leave, then it is time to start building a team that you can rely on to run your business if you cannot be there. If needed, start hiring employees. If you already have a great staff, start empowering them to make decisions while you are away. Cross train everyone as much as possible so that they can help each other rather than bothering you when it comes to problems in the office.
Much of your stress can be relieved if you know that your staff can take care of your business while you are away. While some clients may not be willing to let them do inspections, they can at least take calls, accept orders, and maintain a professional appearance while you are gone so that your appraisal business does not suffer.
For more information on this subject, please download and listen to The Appraiser Coach Podcast Episode: 58 Does Your Office Run Itself