A Few Tips for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to guarantee their client is presented with the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . is continuously testing new tools and tweaking processes 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 we've listed some tips you can do to lower turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc ..

Always order your appraisals online.
When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass long with your assignment. 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 assignment 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 houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Not uncommonly they think they must make the place spotless before the inspection, thinking that will increase the appraised value. So they delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Why not our website as a resource to keep track of your report's status?
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.