Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to guarantee their client receives the best data available. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . is constantly testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few things you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal from Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc ..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass long with the request. 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.
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- Tell us up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. A common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some info 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 time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Encourage 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 quickly as possible!
- Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.