A Few Hints for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. is always testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered from ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc..
- Always order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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 sales from the area is welcome — 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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- Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
- Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Many commonly think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the notion that will make the house appraise for more money. And will delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily track the status of your report on our website.
- 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 available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.