5 Tips for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data possible. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Appraise Colorado Inc is always researching new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Appraise Colorado Inc knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to reduce turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Appraise Colorado Inc.
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations 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! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass long with the assignment. 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 may be different from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us
- 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. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive quicker.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Some think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the belief that will make the house appraise for more money. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily keep tabs on 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 instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.