Five Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to guarantee their client has the best data available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Appraise Colorado Inc is always testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Appraise Colorado Inc we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some things you can do to trim turn times each time you order an appraisal from Appraise Colorado Inc.
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to 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 good information to include with the assignment. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, feel free to contact us
- Be sure to tell us about the property's unique characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique details add 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the idea a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take abundant notes. Under the impression that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for following your report's status.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of the status of your report.