Some Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user gets the best information available. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Appraisal Reports and Services, LLC is always testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. Since Appraisal Reports and Services, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, here are some things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order from Appraisal Reports and Services, LLC.
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us
- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements add 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive faster.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. Some homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. A common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will increase the value. And will delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming directly from you -- a person 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!
- Use our website to track your report's status.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.