Some Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee the end user receives the best data to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Crowe Appraisals is continuously seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Crowe Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of items you can do to trim turn times when you order an appraisal from Crowe Appraisals.
- Order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — 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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- Tell us up front of the property's unique characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an 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 early on makes your report arrive faster.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. With the idea that it will make the house appraise for more money, some homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Are you using our website as a resource to track 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 available instantly to you online. There's no faster way to track your report's status.