For the Best Home Appraisers
Five Tips for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process - all to ensure their client receives the best data. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Andel Appraisals is always researching new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Andel Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal with Andel Appraisals:
- Are you ordering appraisals online? By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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 area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it distinct? Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements contribute 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 recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
- Be sure the occupants know the plan. Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the idea that a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. With the Notion that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection and will delay the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily keep tabs on 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.