5 Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure their client is presented with the best data available. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Good Appraisal Services, Inc. is always seeking new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Good Appraisal Services, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered with Good Appraisal Services, Inc..
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- When you order online, you automatically get 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! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- Having just one number incorrect 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in 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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- Let us know up front of the property's unique details.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property 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 had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. Many homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the thought a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. One common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, under the impression that will increase the value. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to track your report's status.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 track the status of your report.