A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Allen Appraisal Service is continuously acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Allen Appraisal Service knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered with Allen Appraisal Service.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements 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 retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- 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 your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may 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.
- Let us know up front of the property's distinct details.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements 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 prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive quicker.
- What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the idea an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little bit 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. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying 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 is instantly available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.