5 Tips for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee the end user gets the best data available. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Graham Appraisal is always acquiring new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Graham Appraisal we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few items you can do to lessen turn times when you order an appraisal from Graham Appraisal.
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in 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.
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- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. 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. 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 constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. One common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will increase the appraised value. And will delay the appointment 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
- 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to track your report's status.