Five Hints for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee their client gets the best information available. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Advantage Appraisal Services, LLC is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. Since Advantage Appraisal Services, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, below are some things you can do to reduce turn times each time you order an appraisal with Advantage Appraisal Services, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — 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
- Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. 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. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive earlier.
- Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are understandably uneasy with the notion an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. Many commonly think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, believing that will increase the value. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some information 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of useful 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 benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Use our website 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 easier to keep track of the status of your report.