5 Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user has the best information to be had. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Kent & Associates Appraisal is constantly researching new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Kent & Associates Appraisal we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order from Kent & Associates Appraisal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay 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 may differ from yours.
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- Be sure to let us know about the unique elements of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique characteristics 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'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
- What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. With the notion that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they put off the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some info 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 several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Are you using our website as a resource to track your report's status?
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.