5 Steps to Faster Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to ensure their client receives the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Allen Appraisal Service is always seeking new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Allen Appraisal Service knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to lower turn times whenever you order an appraisal with Allen Appraisal Service.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct features.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive faster.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Some homeowners are clearly uneasy with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. With the notion that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- the 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 increase their home's value one little bit, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to verify 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 faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.