Five Steps to Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure their client is presented with the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Appraise Colorado Inc is constantly researching new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Appraise Colorado Inc we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to speed up the process each time you order an appraisal with Appraise Colorado Inc.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications 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! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to 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 — though be advised 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 letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. A common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will increase the value. So they delay the appointment until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some 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. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Why not 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been faster to track the status of your report.