A Few Hints for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure their client is presented with the best information to be had. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Good Appraisal Services, Inc. is constantly testing additional 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 here are some things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order from Good Appraisal Services, Inc..
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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 — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us
- Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details contribute 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 elements 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 will find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the thought a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. Some think they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, having the thought that will make the house appraise for more money. So they put off the appointment until they have cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily track 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster to track the status of your report.