Some Hints for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the best data available. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Crockett Appraisal Service, Inc. is constantly testing new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Crockett Appraisal Service, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order from Crockett Appraisal Service, Inc..
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications 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 we received the request.
- Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- 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 good information to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Be sure to let us know about the property's unique characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent 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 quicker.
- What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Thinking that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment promptly!
- Our website is a great resource for following 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 faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.