Some Tips for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure the end user gets the best data available. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . is constantly seeking additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered with Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc ..
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Tell us up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. Some current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the fact an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take lots of notes. Some think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the idea that will make the house appraise higher. So they reschedule the inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone 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 appraisal inspection time. 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. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on your report's status.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 faster and easier to track your report's status.