Some Hints for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, All City Appraisal is constantly seeking additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At All City Appraisal we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a couple of items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order with All City Appraisal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to 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. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Be sure to tell us about the unique details of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Many commonly think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the notion that will increase the value. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone 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 affect their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even 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 promptly!
- Easily track 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.