5 Steps to Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure the end user gets the best information available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, All City Appraisal is always seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since All City Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few items you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order with All City Appraisal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
- Verify 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 might differ from yours.
You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the unique characteristics of this property.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive without delay.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Thinking that it will increase the value, some homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they delay the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.