Five Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client gets the best information available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Good Appraisal Services, Inc. is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking 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 we've listed some tips you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered from Good Appraisal Services, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — 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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- Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive earlier.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the idea a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. Under the impression that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- some info 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Are you using our website as a resource to keep track of your report's status?
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to track the status of your report.