A Few Tips for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee their client has the best data available. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Appraisal Quest Co. (805) 469-3088 is constantly researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Appraisal Quest Co. (805) 469-3088 knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few tips you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered from Appraisal Quest Co. (805) 469-3088.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us
- Tell us up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements contribute 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 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. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. Some current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. Not uncommonly they think they should make the place spotless before the inspection, believing that will increase the appraised value. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily keep tabs on 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.