Five Hints for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data possible. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Anderson Appraisal, LLC is always testing additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Anderson Appraisal, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, here are some items you can do to reduce turn times each time you order an appraisal from Anderson Appraisal, LLC.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order 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 the order was received.
Make sure 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 helpful information to include 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.

If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us

Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built 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 as soon as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Believing that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the inspection. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone 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 change their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.