A Few Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure their client has the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Anderson Appraisal, LLC is continuously researching additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Anderson Appraisal, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, below are some tips you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order with Anderson Appraisal, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations 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! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- 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. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to pass long with the assignment. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — remember, however, 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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- Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features contribute 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. Many homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the fact an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make lots of notes. Some think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will increase the value. And will reschedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
- Use our website to keep track of 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.