A Few Tips for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee the end user has the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, is constantly acquiring new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered with .
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Being just one number off 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 include 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 differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us
- Let us know up front of the property's distinct features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique 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 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 prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will make the house appraise higher. So they delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to verify your report's status.
- 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.