Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee the end user receives the best information to be had. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Appraise Colorado Inc is constantly acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Appraise Colorado Inc we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some items you can do to lessen turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Appraise Colorado Inc.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements 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! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to include with your assignment. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — 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 appraisal we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the unique details of this property.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report 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. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, under the impression that will increase the appraised value. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- some information 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 appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of helpful 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 familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment soon!
- Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
- 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 faster to keep track of your report's status.