Some Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to ensure their client has the best data available. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Appraisal Group One is continuously seeking new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Appraisal Group One knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of items you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered from Appraisal Group One.
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Be sure to let us know about the unique details of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property contribute 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
- Did you make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the inspection, believing that will increase the value. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some information 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
- Use our website to verify 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster to keep track of the status of your report.