Some Steps to Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee the end user receives the best information possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Action Appraisers, Inc. is continuously seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Action Appraisers, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are some items you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal with Action Appraisers, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- 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 in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, feel free to contact us
- Tell us up front of the property's unique details.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property 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 recently had an addition put 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 sooner makes your report arrive sooner.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Many current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the notion an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. With the idea that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of your report's status.