A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to guarantee their client receives the best information available. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Anderson Appraisals is always acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Anderson Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered from Anderson Appraisals.
- Order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics add 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Under the belief that it will increase the value, some homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they reschedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Coming from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking your report's status.
- 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. There's no faster way to track your report's status.