Five Steps to Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client is presented with the best data available. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Graham Appraisal is always 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 some things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered with Graham Appraisal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Make sure that the subject property data 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 must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the inspection, thinking that will increase the appraised value. And will put off the inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
- Easily follow 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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier and faster to track your report's status.