A Few Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to ensure their client is presented with the best data available. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Crockett Appraisal Service, Inc. is constantly researching new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Crockett Appraisal Service, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered with Crockett Appraisal Service, Inc..
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with the assignment. Even a list of recent sales in 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.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Let us know up front of the property's unique details.
- 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. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive faster.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Thinking that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
- 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. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.