Five Suggestions for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user receives the best data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . is constantly testing additional tools and improving 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 things you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order with Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc ..
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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 in the area — remember, however, 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 a job we're working on for you.
- Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Thinking that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Easily follow 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 easier way to keep track of your report's status.