A Few Hints for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure the end user has the best information to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Anderson Appraisal, LLC is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Anderson Appraisal, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a couple of tips you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals ordered from Anderson Appraisal, LLC.
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- Having just one number incorrect 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 must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing 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 features 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. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the fact a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take lots of notes. Believing that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will reschedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Are you using our website as a resource to keep tabs on your report's status?
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.