Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure the end user is presented with the best information available. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, All State Appraisal Partners, Inc. is constantly researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since All State Appraisal Partners, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order with All State Appraisal Partners, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to 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 in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us
- Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing features 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 elements 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'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive faster.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Some think they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will increase the appraised value. So they put off the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Are you using our website as a resource to verify your report's status?
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 faster and easier to track your report's status.