Five Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to ensure their client is presented with the best information possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Crowe Appraisals is constantly seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since Crowe Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few tips you can do to reduce turn times when you order an appraisal from Crowe Appraisals.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily delay 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. 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.
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- Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know 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 predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll 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 inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Many commonly think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, thinking that will increase the appraised value. So they delay the appointment until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a 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 affect their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier or faster way to track your report's status.