Some Tips for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to guarantee their client receives the best data available. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Allen Appraisal Service is continuously testing new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Allen Appraisal Service we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a couple of things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered from Allen Appraisal Service.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Confirm 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 — remember, however, 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, feel free to contact us
- Be sure to let us know about the property's unique elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements add 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive quicker.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, thinking that will increase the appraised value. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person 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 change their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for following 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 is available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to track your report's status.