Five Tips for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to ensure their client has the best data possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Allen Appraisal Service is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Allen Appraisal Service we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a handful of items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered from Allen Appraisal Service.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to include with your assignment. 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 be different from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's unique details.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details add 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are understandably uneasy with the idea an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. Under the impression that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners believe they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they delay the inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- some 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
- Why not our website as a resource to keep tabs on the status of your report?
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.