Some Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to ensure the end user has the best information possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Abandy & Associates Appraisal Services is always acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. At Abandy & Associates Appraisal Services we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered with Abandy & Associates Appraisal Services.
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may 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 call us at
- Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct elements.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property 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. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive faster.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. Many homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the thought a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take abundant notes. Under the belief that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will delay the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily keep tabs on 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 is available to you online. It's never been faster to track your report's status.