A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure the end user receives the best information available. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, (208) 782-0233 is constantly seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At (208) 782-0233 we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered from (208) 782-0233.
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering 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 request.
- Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always 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, you're always welcome to contact us
- Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details contribute 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 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'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive faster.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. With the idea that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of helpful 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 meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to track 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 is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.