Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure the end user is presented with the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Elite Appraisal Services is always seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Elite Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order from Elite Appraisal Services.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- 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 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.
You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing features contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive earlier.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. With the notion that it will increase the value, many homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the inspection. So they reschedule the inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Our website is a great resource for following the status of your report.
- 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been faster to keep track of the status of your report.