5 Hints for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the best data available. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . is always acquiring new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to hasten the process every time you order an appraisal from Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc ..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment 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 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 unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with your assignment. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us

Be sure to tell us about the property's unique elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics 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 built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
Let the homeowner know what to expect.
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably uneasy with the idea an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, having the thought that will increase the value. So they put off the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some info 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Easily track 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 is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.