A Few Steps to Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to ensure their client is presented with the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Desert Sky Appraisers is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Desert Sky Appraisers knows that time is important to everyone, below are a handful of things you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered from Desert Sky Appraisers.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements 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 you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Are you letting us know up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
- 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 elements 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. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. Many homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the notion a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. Under the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will reschedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 lots of pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for following 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.