5 Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure their client has the best information available. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Accuracy Matters Appraisals is always researching additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since Accuracy Matters Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few things you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal from Accuracy Matters Appraisals.
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we 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 information is accurate and complete.
- Being just one number off 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements 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 recently had an addition constructed, 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 soon as possible will likely make your report arrive faster.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Some think they must make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will increase the appraised value. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some info 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you 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 tracking your report's status.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.