Five Tips for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee the end user receives the best data available. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Anderson Appraisal, LLC is always seeking new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Anderson Appraisal, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few things you can do to lower turn times when you order an appraisal with Anderson Appraisal, LLC.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
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 is great information to include with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report 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 susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive quicker.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. Many homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, thinking that will increase the value. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- a 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 increase their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Easily verify 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier and faster to keep track of the status of your report.