Some Hints for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to ensure the end user has the best information to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Anderson Appraisal, LLC is always acquiring new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Anderson Appraisal, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to hasten the process every time you order an appraisal with Anderson Appraisal, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
- Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- 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 is good information to pass long with the request. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements add 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Some homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. One common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the belief that will increase the value. So they delay the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they are 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 can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates 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 faster to keep track of your report's status.