Some Hints for Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure their client gets the best information available. To stay current with the continuously 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 in less time. Since Appraise Colorado Inc knows that time is important to everyone, here are a handful of things you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal from Appraise Colorado Inc.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment 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.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- 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 great information to include with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us
- Let us know up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive without delay.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the idea that will make the house appraise higher. And will put off the appointment until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- some information 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 appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Advise them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!
- Easily verify 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.