Five Steps to Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information possible. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. is always researching new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to accelerate the process whenever you order an appraisal from ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc..
- Order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with your assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Be sure to let us know about the unique features of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive quicker.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the thought an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make lots of notes. With the idea that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will delay the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
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 likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
- 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 is available to you online. There's no easier way to track your report's status.