5 Tips for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to ensure their client is presented with the best information available. To stay current with the always changing requirements, A-1 Appraisal (630) 514-6136 is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At A-1 Appraisal (630) 514-6136 we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered from A-1 Appraisal (630) 514-6136.
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to pass long with your request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us
- Let us know up front of the property's unique features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how details 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. Some homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. With the belief that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they delay the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little 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 likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Easily track the status of your report on our website.
- 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to track your report's status.