5 Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to ensure the end user receives the best data available. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . is continuously testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few tips you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered with Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc ..
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
- 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 — though be advised 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 call us at if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Let us know up front of the property's distinct features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, 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 as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
- Did you make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Some think they must make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will increase the value. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 go a long way toward trimming 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. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
- Why not our website as a resource to follow the status of your report?
- 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 instantly available to you online. It's never been easier and faster to keep track of the status of your report.