Five Hints for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee the end user has the best data possible. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Appraisal Quest Co. (805) 469-3088 is continuously testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Appraisal Quest Co. (805) 469-3088 we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a handful of items you can do to decrease turn times whenever you order an appraisal with Appraisal Quest Co. (805) 469-3088.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to pass long with your assignment. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always 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 a job we're working on for you.

Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. 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 features 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 sooner will likely make your report arrive earlier.
Let the occupants know what to expect.
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Thinking that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some information 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 appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Use our website to keep track of 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.