Five Steps to Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee their client is presented with the best data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Anderson Appraisal, LLC is constantly seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Anderson Appraisal, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, here are some things you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal from Anderson Appraisal, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This 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 data is essential.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive faster.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. Some current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the idea an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. Having the thought that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will put off the inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of relevant 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 advantage to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to track your report's status.
- Why are you still playing phone and fax tag when our website offers up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7? As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to track the status of your report.