A Few Steps to Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Graham Appraisal is continuously seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Graham Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few tips you can do to trim turn times every time you order an appraisal from Graham Appraisal.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
- 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 pass long with your assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, 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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- Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive without delay.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. Some current homeowners are understandably uneasy with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take abundant notes. Some think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will make the house appraise for more money. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little info 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking 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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier way to keep track of the status of your report.