A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee the end user receives the best data possible. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Elite Appraisal Services is constantly seeking additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Elite Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, below are some tips you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals you order with Elite Appraisal Services.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really 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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us
- Be sure to let us know about the property's unique features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements 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 had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. With the notion that it will increase the value, some homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 go a long way toward trimming 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 become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.