5 Hints for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the best data possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, All State Appraisal Partners, Inc. is continuously acquiring new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since All State Appraisal Partners, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order from All State Appraisal Partners, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to pass long with your request. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — 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 let us know about the property's distinct elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, 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 predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. Many current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. One common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will increase the value. And will reschedule the inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person 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 can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Use our website to keep track of your report's status.
- 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 is available instantly to you online. There's no easier or faster way to track the status of your report.