Some Tips for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure their client receives the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Advantage Appraisal Services, LLC is always testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Advantage Appraisal Services, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some things you can do to accelerate the process each time you order an appraisal from Advantage Appraisal Services, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Being just one number off 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 from 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 assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us
- Let us know up front of the property's distinct elements.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone 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 quicker.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably uneasy with the notion an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. Many commonly think they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the idea that will make the house appraise higher. So they reschedule the inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can 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 customers. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
- Use our website to keep track of your report's status.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier way to track the status of your report.