5 Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee the end user has the best information possible. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Acanda Appraisal Co. is continuously seeking new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Acanda Appraisal Co. knows that time is important to everyone, below are a couple of items you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals you order from Acanda Appraisal Co..
- Order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online 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 we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really 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 — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us
- Let us know up front of the property's unique characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements contribute 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 put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. With the belief that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little 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 likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on 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 keep track of your report's status.