Some Steps to Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure their client is presented with the best information possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Anderson Appraisal, LLC is always seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Anderson Appraisal, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, here are a handful of tips you can do to reduce turn times when you order an appraisal with Anderson Appraisal, LLC.

Always order your appraisals online.
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Be sure to tell us about the unique details of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics 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 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'd find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are understandably uneasy with the fact an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. Having the thought that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
Use our website to verify your report's status.
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 is available instantly to you online. There's no easier way to keep track of your report's status.