Five Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to guarantee their client is presented with the best data available. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . is constantly acquiring new tools and tweaking processes in order 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 a few things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order with Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc ..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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 differ from yours.
You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics 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 recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive quicker.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Having the thought that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the inspection. So they reschedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.