5 Hints for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure their client is presented with the best data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Good Appraisal Services, Inc. is always researching new tools and tweaking 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, we've listed some things you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order from Good Appraisal Services, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with the request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised 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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- Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive earlier.
- 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 steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. And will put off the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking your report's status.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier or faster way to track your report's status.