5 Steps to Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee their client receives the best data available. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Abandy & Associates Appraisal Services is constantly seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Abandy & Associates Appraisal Services we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order with Abandy & Associates Appraisal Services.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations 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 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.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt 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 are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing features add 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
- What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. With the idea that it will increase the value, a few homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person 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 increase their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily follow 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 instantly available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of your report's status.