Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure the end user receives the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Allen Appraisal Service is constantly acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Allen Appraisal Service knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered from Allen Appraisal Service.
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really 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 in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
- Cookie-cutter houses 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. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique details 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'll find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive faster.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the fact a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take lots of notes. Having the thought that it will make the house appraise for more money, many homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they delay the inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment quickly!
- Use our website to follow 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 available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.