5 Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure their client has the best information possible. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Alliance Appraisal, Inc. is continuously testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Alliance Appraisal, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a couple of items you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal from Alliance Appraisal, Inc..
- Order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the request 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.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in 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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- Let us know up front of the property's unique details.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report 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 susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive without delay.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Thinking that it will increase the value, many homeowners believe they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Tell them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily track 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.