Some Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to ensure their client receives the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Good Appraisal Services, Inc. is continuously acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Good Appraisal Services, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered from Good Appraisal Services, Inc..
- Order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's 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 got the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with your assignment. 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 differ from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique features 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'll find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Believing that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
- Are you using our website as a resource to keep track of 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 way to keep track of your report's status.