5 Hints for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user receives the best data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Appraisal House, Inc. is continuously seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Appraisal House, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals you order with Appraisal House, Inc..
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
- 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 sales in the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know 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 prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive without delay.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take abundant notes. One common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will increase the value. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Are you using our website as a resource to keep tabs on 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 faster and easier to track the status of your report.