A Few Suggestions for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user gets the best data to be had. To stay current with the always changing requirements, (208) 782-0233 is always testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At (208) 782-0233 we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a couple of things you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered with (208) 782-0233.
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
- 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 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.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
- 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. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, 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 as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the fact an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. Under the impression that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment quickly!
- Are you using our website as a resource to keep tabs on the status of your report?
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.