Five Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure the end user receives the best data to be had. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Choice Appraisals, Inc. is constantly acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Choice Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to reduce turn times when you order an appraisal from Choice Appraisals, Inc..
- Order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to pass long with the request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to 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, you're always free to contact us
- Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing features 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Many commonly think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, believing that will increase the value. So they put off the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.