Five Steps to Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure their client receives the best data possible. In order to keep up with the constantly 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 you. Since A. M. Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few tips you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal with A. M. Appraisals.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
- 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 are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Be sure to tell us about the unique elements of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing 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 recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Some think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will make the house appraise for more money. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- a person they are 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Tell them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!
- Why not our website as a resource to track 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.