Five Tips for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure the end user is presented with the best information possible. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Accuracy Matters Appraisals is continuously acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Accuracy Matters Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few tips you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal with Accuracy Matters Appraisals.
- Order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request 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 we got the request.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass long with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's unique features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements 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 elements 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 sooner makes your report arrive faster.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Many commonly think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the notion that will increase the value. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
- Our website is a great resource for following 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster to track the status of your report.