Some Hints for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to guarantee their client receives the best information available. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Graham Appraisal is always testing additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Graham Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered from Graham Appraisal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Confirm 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 in the area — though be advised 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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- Tell us 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 characteristics unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, 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 early on is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, believing that will increase the value. And will delay the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
- 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 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.