Five Steps to Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure their client is presented with the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, All State Appraisal Partners, Inc. is continuously testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At All State Appraisal Partners, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order from All State Appraisal Partners, Inc..
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations 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 nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily delay 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 differ from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's unique characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique details 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. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
- Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. Many current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the thought an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. Believing that it will make the house appraise for more money, a few homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they put off the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a little knowledge 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 time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
- 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster way to track your report's status.