Five Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to guarantee their client has the best information available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. is constantly researching new tools and improving processes 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 some items you can do to trim turn times whenever you order an appraisal with ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone 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 we got the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- 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 are good data to pass long with your assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
- 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. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the thought an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take abundant notes. Under the belief that it will increase the value, some homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Why not our website as a resource to keep track of your report's status?
- 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 track the status of your report.