Five Steps to Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to ensure the end user has the best data possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. is continuously seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some items you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered from ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc..
- Order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! 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 information is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily delay 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's distinct features.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, believing that will increase the appraised value. So they put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of helpful 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. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Use our website to track 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 to keep track of your report's status.