Five Hints for Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the best data possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Good Look Appraisals is always acquiring new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Good Look Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a handful of tips you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order from Good Look Appraisals.
- Order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to include with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details 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 had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. Many current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take abundant notes. Many commonly think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, having the thought that will increase the value. So they delay the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- some 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 can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you 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's in their interest 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 is available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.