A Few Tips for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to ensure their client gets the best data possible. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Choice Appraisals, Inc. is continuously acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Choice Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a handful of items you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal from Choice Appraisals, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- 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. 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.
If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at
- Let us know up front of the property's unique elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features 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 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. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the idea a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. Some think they must make the place spotless before the inspection, having the thought that will increase the value. So they delay the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- some information 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
- 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 is available instantly to you online. There's no faster or easier way to track your report's status.