A Few Steps to Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee the end user has the best data available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. is always seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few things you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered with ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone 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.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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 sales in the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing features add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
Let the occupants know what to expect.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the idea an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Are you using our website as a resource to keep track of the status of your report?
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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.