Five Steps to Faster Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure their client has the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Appraisal House, Inc. is continuously testing new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. At Appraisal House, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few items you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal with Appraisal House, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
- 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. 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 might differ from yours.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the property's unique details.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics 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 constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Believing that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the inspection. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Tell them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for following 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to track your report's status.