5 Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. is constantly acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few tips you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order from ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
- 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 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 sales in the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Let us know up front of the property's unique details.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Under the impression that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Use our website 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.