Five Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure their client has the best information possible. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Choice Appraisals, Inc. is constantly testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Choice Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered from Choice Appraisals, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data 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 are helpful data to pass long with your request. 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 might 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
- Be sure to let us know about the unique features of this property.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property 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 elements 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. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive faster.
- What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. Many homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. One common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, thinking that will increase the value. So they delay the inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying 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 instantly available to you online. There's no faster way to keep track of your report's status.