Five Hints for Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data available. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Anderson Appraisal, LLC is always testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Anderson Appraisal, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few things you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals ordered from Anderson Appraisal, LLC.
- Order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- 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 is great information to pass long with the request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct characteristics.
- 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 you order your report if there are unique details 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 will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Believing that it will increase the value, many homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little info 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- 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 easier to track the status of your report.