Some Tips for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user has the best information available. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Good Appraisal Services, Inc. is constantly acquiring new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Good Appraisal Services, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of things you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order with Good Appraisal Services, Inc..
- Order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to 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 from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us
- Are you letting us know 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 features 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 susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the idea a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. One common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will make the house appraise for more money. So they reschedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little info 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even 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!
- Use our website to keep tabs on 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 is instantly available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of the status of your report.