A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data available. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, (208) 782-0233 is always testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. Since (208) 782-0233 knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to decrease turn times whenever you order an appraisal from (208) 782-0233.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to pass long with your assignment. 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.
If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us
- Tell us up front of the property's unique features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics 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 will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. Some current homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the idea a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make lots of notes. Under the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a 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 change their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
- Are you using our website as a resource 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster to keep track of the status of your report.