5 Steps to Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to ensure their client has the best data available. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Anderson Appraisal, LLC is always acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. Since Anderson Appraisal, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, below are some items you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered from Anderson Appraisal, LLC.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications 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 re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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 from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may 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.
- Be sure to tell us about the unique elements of this property.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably uneasy with the fact an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. So they put off the inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little bit 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. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report.
- 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 instantly to you online. It's never been faster to track the status of your report.