5 Steps to Faster Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to ensure the end user has the best information possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Quality Appraisals is constantly testing new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Quality Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, below are some things you can do to accelerate the process whenever you order an appraisal with Quality Appraisals.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment 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.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. And if you have a tax parcel number, plat map number, subdivision name or anything else that uniquely identifies the property, please pass it along. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always 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 welcome to contact us
- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built 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 is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. With the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some information 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. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment promptly!
- Are you using our website as a resource to track 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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster way to track your report's status.