5 Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure the end user gets the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, All City Appraisal is always seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since All City Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of things you can do to reduce turn times each time you order an appraisal with All City Appraisal.
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the request 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt 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 might differ from yours.
You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing details contribute 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 details 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. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. A common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the notion that will increase the appraised value. So they reschedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 clients to this website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily verify 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 is available to you online. It's never been easier and faster to track your report's status.