A Few Suggestions for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee their client has the best information to be had. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Good Appraisal Services, Inc. is continuously 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 a couple of things you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered from Good Appraisal Services, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from 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.
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- Be sure to let us know about the unique details of this property.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive faster.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Many homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the notion an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. With the belief that it will increase the value, a few homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they put off the appointment until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking your report's status.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. There's no faster way to keep track of your report's status.