5 Steps to Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure the end user has the best data to be had. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Timely Appraisal Services is constantly seeking new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Timely Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order from Timely Appraisal Services.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to 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 delay 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 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.
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- Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements 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 features 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'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive without delay.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. With the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will put off the appointment until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
- Our website is a great resource for following 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. There's no easier way to track the status of your report.