Five Steps to Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the best information possible. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . is always acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some things you can do to trim turn times when you order an appraisal with Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc ..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily delay 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are understandably uneasy with the thought a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. Many commonly think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, under the impression that will make the house appraise higher. And will put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.