5 Suggestions for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to guarantee their client gets the best information available. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Timely Appraisal Services is always seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Timely Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to trim turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Timely Appraisal Services.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us
- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique elements 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. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. Some homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. Having the thought that it will increase the value, a few homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the inspection. And will delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Easily track the status of your report on our website.
- 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.