5 Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to ensure the end user gets the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. is constantly researching new tools and tweaking 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 things you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order from ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass long with the request. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Let us know up front of the property's unique features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. 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 had a recent addition constructed, 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 sooner will likely make your report arrive without delay.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. Many current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the idea a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. Many commonly think they must make the place spotless before the inspection, believing that will increase the appraised value. And will delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Our website is a great resource for following 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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been faster to keep track of the status of your report.