Five Hints for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the best data available. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Anderson Appraisal, LLC is always researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Anderson Appraisal, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order with Anderson Appraisal, LLC.
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the order 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 manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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.
You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Let us know up front of the property's distinct features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details 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. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will make the house appraise higher. So they put off the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying the status of your report.
- 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 keep track of your report's status.