Some Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee their client is presented with the best information possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, All City Appraisal is always testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since All City Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order with All City Appraisal.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with your assignment. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, 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 characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent 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 recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive faster.
- Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Believing that it will increase the value, many homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming from you -- a person they are 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. Our website has lots of pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Advise 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!
- Use our website to follow 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier and faster to keep track of your report's status.