Some Hints for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best data to be had. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Anderson Appraisal, LLC is always testing new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Anderson Appraisal, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few tips you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order from Anderson Appraisal, LLC.
- Order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- Being just one number off 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 good data to include 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 may differ from yours.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique features add 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. With the idea that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners believe they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they put off the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying the status of your report.
- 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 way to keep track of the status of your report.