5 Steps to Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee the end user gets the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Good Appraisal Services, Inc. is always acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Good Appraisal Services, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few tips you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals ordered with Good Appraisal Services, Inc..
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key 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 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 from 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 welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique features contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Some think they should make the place spotless before the inspection, believing that will increase the appraised value. And will put off the appointment until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a person 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. 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. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
- Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
- 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 instantly available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.