A Few Tips for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client gets the best data possible. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Good Appraisal Services, Inc. is constantly acquiring additional tools and improving processes 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 a few things you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order from Good Appraisal Services, Inc..

Always order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
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. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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Be sure to let us know about the unique characteristics of this property.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique features add 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 recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive earlier.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. One common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
Easily track the status of your report on our website.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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 easier to track your report's status.