A Few Steps to Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure their client has the best data possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Accuracy Matters Appraisals is continuously seeking new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Accuracy Matters Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered with Accuracy Matters Appraisals.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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 from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features contribute 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 recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Under the impression that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone 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 likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment promptly!
- Are you using our website as a resource to follow the status of your report?
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of the status of your report.