A Few Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure the end user is presented with the best data to be had. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, A. M. Appraisals is constantly seeking additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At A. M. Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to lower turn times each time you order an appraisal with A. M. Appraisals.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to include with the request. 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 be different from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always welcome to call us at
- Be sure to tell us about the property's unique characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique 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 elements 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. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Some current homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. With the belief that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the inspection. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming 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 time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Advise them to 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 without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on the status of your report.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to track the status of your report.