A Few Steps to Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, All City Appraisal is constantly seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At All City Appraisal we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a couple of tips you can do to lessen turn times whenever you order an appraisal from All City Appraisal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay 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 area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Be sure to let us know about the unique features of this property.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. 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. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive without delay.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Some think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. So they put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- a person 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to verify your report's status.
- 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 is available to you online. There's no faster way to track your report's status.