Five Hints for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. is constantly seeking additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of tips you can do to accelerate the process whenever you order an appraisal with ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- 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 might differ from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. 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. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics 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. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive without delay.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Under the impression that it will increase the value, a few homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the inspection. And will put off the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Tell them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!
- Easily track the status of your report on our website.
- 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.