A Few Tips for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee the end user gets the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Choice Appraisals, Inc. (Owner retired to SC) is always seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Choice Appraisals, Inc. (Owner retired to SC) we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a couple of tips you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered with Choice Appraisals, Inc. (Owner retired to SC).
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with your assignment. 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.
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- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements 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 had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
- Did you make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Having the thought that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming directly from you -- a person 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 change their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Tell them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
- 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. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.