Five Hints for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee their client has the best information to be had. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Appraisal Quest Co. (805) 469-3088 is always seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Appraisal Quest Co. (805) 469-3088 we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered from Appraisal Quest Co. (805) 469-3088.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — 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 a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us
- Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique features 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. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive faster.
- Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Having the thought that it will increase the value, some homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will delay the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone 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 likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Advise 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 quickly!
- Easily track the status of your report on our website.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. There's no faster way to track your report's status.