Five Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure their client is presented with the best data possible. To stay current with the always changing requirements, All State Appraisal Partners, Inc. is always researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At All State Appraisal Partners, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a couple of items you can do to decrease turn times when you order an appraisal from All State Appraisal Partners, Inc..
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the request 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
- Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Let us know up front of the property's distinct details.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics 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 built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the fact an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. Under the impression that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they delay the appointment until they have cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster way to keep track of your report's status.