Five Steps to Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure their client is presented with the best information available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Appraise Colorado Inc is constantly researching additional tools and improving 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 tips you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered from Appraise Colorado Inc.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online 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 information about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to include with the assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct features.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Some think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, thinking that will make the house appraise higher. And will delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
- Why not our website as a resource 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. There's no faster way to track the status of your report.