A Few Steps to Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to guarantee their client has the best data to be had. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Graham Appraisal is always acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Graham Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, here are some items you can do to trim turn times each time you order an appraisal with Graham Appraisal.
- Order your appraisals online.
- When you order 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! No longer do we have to re-key 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?
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to pass long with the assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics contribute 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive faster.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the fact an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they should make the place spotless before the inspection, having the thought that will make the house appraise for more money. And will put off the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they are 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. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Use our website 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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.