Five Tips for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee the end user has the best data available. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, All State Appraisal Partners, Inc. is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At All State Appraisal Partners, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some items you can do to lessen turn times every time you order an appraisal from All State Appraisal Partners, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass long with the assignment. Even a list of recent sales in the area 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.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built 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 early on will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Believing that it will increase the value, many homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will delay the appointment until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 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. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
- Why not our website as a resource to track the status of your report?
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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. There's no faster or easier way to track your report's status.