Five Tips for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure their client gets the best data available. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Appraisal House, Inc. is constantly seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Appraisal House, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered from Appraisal House, Inc..
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- With online ordering, you automatically receive 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really 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 area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. Many homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the fact a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. With the belief that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.