Some Steps to Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client is presented with the best data available. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Appraise Colorado Inc is continuously acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Appraise Colorado Inc we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order from Appraise Colorado Inc.
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the unique elements of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics contribute 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 features 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. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive faster.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. With the idea that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they delay the appointment until they have cleaned.
Hearing 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 likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to follow your report's status.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.