Five Steps to Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to ensure their client has the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Anderson Appraisal, LLC is continuously testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Anderson Appraisal, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few tips you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal with Anderson Appraisal, LLC.
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications 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 manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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 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.
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- Tell us up front of the property's unique characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics 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 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 prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. Some current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. With the notion that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they reschedule the inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping 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. There's no faster way to keep track of your report's status.