A Few Hints for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee their client is presented with the best data available. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Appraise Colorado Inc is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Appraise Colorado Inc knows that time is important to everyone, here are a couple of items you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal with Appraise Colorado Inc.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us 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 distinct characteristics.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent 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 recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Many commonly think they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will increase the appraised value. 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 bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Use our website to verify 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 to you online. There's no easier or faster way to track your report's status.