A Few Tips for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to guarantee their client has the best information available. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . is constantly seeking new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . knows that time is important to everyone, here are some things you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered from Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc ..
- 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. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to pass long with your request. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics add 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 elements 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 will find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive faster.
- What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. A common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will increase the value. So they reschedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about 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 advantage to set the appointment without delay!
- 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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.