A Few Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to ensure the end user is presented with the best data available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Alliance Appraisal, Inc. is continuously seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Alliance Appraisal, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order with Alliance Appraisal, Inc..
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
- 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us
- Be sure to tell us about the property's unique features.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
- Did you make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Thinking that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Easily verify 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.