5 Steps to Faster Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee their client has the best information available. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Appraise Colorado Inc is continuously seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Appraise Colorado Inc knows that time is important to everyone, below are some tips you can do to lower turn times whenever you order an appraisal with Appraise Colorado Inc.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! 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.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to include with the assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Be sure to tell us about the unique details of this property.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics unique to a property contribute 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive quicker.
- What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will increase the appraised value. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying your report's status.
- 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. There's no faster way to keep track of your report's status.