Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee their client receives the best information available. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Anderson Appraisal, LLC is continuously acquiring 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, here are a few items you can do to reduce turn times whenever you order an appraisal with Anderson Appraisal, LLC.
- Order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
- Having just one number incorrect 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 good information to pass long with your assignment. 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.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the property's unique features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive quicker.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Thinking that it will make the house appraise for more money, a few homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they put off the appointment until they have cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
- 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier and faster to keep track of the status of your report.