Some Hints for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee the end user receives the best data possible. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, All City Appraisal is constantly testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since All City Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to reduce turn times whenever you order an appraisal from All City Appraisal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is 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.
- Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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 are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique features contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an 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 sooner is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. Some current homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the idea an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. Some think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will make the house appraise for more money. And will delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some info 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. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Are you using our website as a resource to track the status of your report?
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. It's never been faster to track the status of your report.