Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the best data available. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Appraise Colorado Inc is always testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Appraise Colorado Inc knows that time is important to everyone, below are some things you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order with Appraise Colorado Inc.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, 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! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to pass long with the request. 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 might differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, feel free to contact us
- Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to 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 prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are understandably uneasy with the thought a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take copious notes. Under the belief that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Our website is a great resource for following 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 is instantly available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to track your report's status.