Five Hints for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee the end user has the best information possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . is continuously testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to lessen turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc ..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the request 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 got the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
- 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 are good data to pass long with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Let us know up front of the property's unique elements.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property add 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive faster.
- What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are understandably uneasy with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. With the idea that it will increase the value, some homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they delay the appointment until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person 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 increase their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
- Use our website to keep track of your report's status.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of the status of your report.