Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to ensure their client gets the best information available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Appraisal House, Inc. is always seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Appraisal House, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are some items you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal with Appraisal House, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- 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. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Tell us up front of the property's unique features.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an 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 early on makes your report arrive more quickly.
- 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 appointment with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, having the thought that will make the house appraise higher. And will delay the appointment until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment quickly!
- Are you using our website as a resource to follow 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 easier to keep track of your report's status.