5 Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee their client has the best data available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . is always acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. At Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some tips you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order with Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc ..
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Confirm that the subject property data 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.
If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, feel free to contact us
- Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property add 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 had a recent addition constructed, 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 is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
- 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 homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Having the thought that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the inspection. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a person 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 can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment quickly!
- Why not our website as a resource to follow the status of your report?
- 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. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.