Five Hints for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure their client receives the best data to be had. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Graham Appraisal is continuously acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. Since Graham Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few tips you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal with Graham Appraisal.
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, 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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- Let us know up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, 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 early on will likely make your report arrive faster.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the thought an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. Under the belief that it will make the house appraise for more money, a few homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they are 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 many 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 meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Are you using our website as a resource to keep tabs on the status of your report?
- 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.