Some Tips for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Accuracy Matters Appraisals is continuously researching new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Accuracy Matters Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few things you can do to lower turn times when you order an appraisal with Accuracy Matters Appraisals.
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
- 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 in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property 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 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.
- What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the thought an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. Having the thought that it will make the house appraise for more money, some homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they put off the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Our website is a great resource for following the status of your report.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.