A Few Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to guarantee their client is presented with the best information available. To stay current with the always changing requirements, All City Appraisal is continuously testing additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since All City Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, below are some items you can do to decrease turn times when you order an appraisal from All City Appraisal.
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations 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 the order was received.
- Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to 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 characteristics 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 differing elements 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
- Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the fact a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, having the thought that will increase the appraised value. So they delay the inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- a 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 affect their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment soon!
- Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.