A Few Steps to Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to guarantee their client is presented with the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Appraise Colorado Inc is always researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Appraise Colorado Inc knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to trim turn times each time you order an appraisal with Appraise Colorado Inc.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! 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 data is essential.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 be different from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing details add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive without delay.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the notion an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. Believing that it will make the house appraise for more money, a few homeowners think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the appointment until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. 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 promptly!
- Are you using our website as a resource to keep tabs on the status of your report?
- 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 to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.