5 Hints for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to ensure their client gets the best data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Graham Appraisal is continuously researching additional 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 below are a couple of things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order from Graham Appraisal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the request 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
- 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 include with your assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
Feel free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Tell us up front of the property's unique features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features add 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. Some homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the idea a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. Thinking that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they reschedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge 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 customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even 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 soon as possible!
- 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 is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.