5 Tips for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure their client gets the best data available. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Desert Sky Appraisers is constantly seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Desert Sky Appraisers knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of things you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered with Desert Sky Appraisers.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any details 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 elements 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 susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive faster.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. Thinking that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will reschedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- a person they have 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 customers. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
- 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 easier to keep track of your report's status.