Five Tips for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client gets the best information available. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Advantage Appraisal Services, LLC is always seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Advantage Appraisal Services, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some things you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal from Advantage Appraisal Services, LLC.
- Order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you automatically receive 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to pass long with the assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Be sure to tell us about the unique features of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Under the impression that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they are 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster or easier way to track the status of your report.