Five Steps to Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to ensure their client is presented with the best data available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Appraise Colorado Inc is continuously acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Appraise Colorado Inc we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to hasten the process each time you order an appraisal from Appraise Colorado Inc.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Confirm 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. 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 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.
You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct details.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the thought a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, believing that will make the house appraise for more money. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little 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 several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free 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 advantage to set the appointment promptly!
- Why not our website as a resource to keep tabs on 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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster way to keep track of your report's status.