Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee the end user gets the best data available. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, A. M. Appraisals is continuously acquiring new tools and tweaking processes 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 hasten the process on any appraisals ordered with A. M. Appraisals.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment 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 nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to 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. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Tell us up front of the property's unique features.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements unique to a property 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an 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 makes your report arrive earlier.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Some think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will make the house appraise for more money. So they reschedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier way to keep track of the status of your report.