A Few Tips for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to ensure the end user receives the best data possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . is continuously acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes 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 hasten the process on any appraisals ordered from Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc ..
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Are you letting us know up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
- 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 add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. Not uncommonly they think they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, having the thought that will make the house appraise higher. And will delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some 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 can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
- 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of your report's status.