Some Tips for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. 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 data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, (208) 782-0233 is always seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since (208) 782-0233 knows that time is important to everyone, below are some tips you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order from (208) 782-0233.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is 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 the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
- 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 is great information to pass long with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Be sure to let us know about the property's unique features.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique details 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put 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 soon as possible will likely make your report arrive without delay.
- 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 setting an appointment with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, having the thought that will increase the value. So they delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even 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!
- Use our website to verify 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.