Five Steps to Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to ensure the end user receives the best information possible. In order to keep up 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. Since Appraise Colorado Inc knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered with Appraise Colorado Inc.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, 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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- Tell us up front of the property's unique details.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique details 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 sooner makes your report arrive earlier.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. Some current homeowners are clearly uneasy with the notion a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take abundant notes. Not uncommonly they think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will increase the value. And will reschedule the inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little information 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Are you using our website as a resource to verify 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.