Some Hints for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure the end user receives the best information possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . is constantly seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some things you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal from Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc ..
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- 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. Even a list of recent sales from 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 tell us about the unique characteristics of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property contribute 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 had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
- Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably uneasy with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the notion that will increase the appraised value. So they put off the inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many 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 familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily keep tabs on 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 the status of your report.