Five Tips for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best information possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Good Appraisal Services, Inc. is continuously testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Good Appraisal Services, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few things you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal with Good Appraisal Services, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay 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 from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property add 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 features 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 as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, having the thought that will increase the value. And will delay the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Our website is a great resource for following 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. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.