Five Suggestions for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure their client has the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. is constantly testing new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal from ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect 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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
- Did you make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Not uncommonly they think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the notion that will make the house appraise higher. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some 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 can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple 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 meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 and faster to track the status of your report.