Some Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user receives the best data available. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Anderson Appraisal, LLC is constantly seeking new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Anderson Appraisal, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to lessen turn times each time you order an appraisal with Anderson Appraisal, LLC.
- 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. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to pass long with the request. 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 may differ from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's unique elements.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, 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 as early as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. Some current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the thought an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. With the notion that it will increase the value, many homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Why not our website as a resource to track 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier and faster to track your report's status.