A Few Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, All State Appraisal Partners, Inc. is always testing new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At All State Appraisal Partners, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a handful of items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered with All State Appraisal Partners, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order 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 nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
You're always free to contact us 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 characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. 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 details 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. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Under the belief that it will make the house appraise for more money, many homeowners believe they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little information 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Use our website 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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.