A Few Tips for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to ensure the end user receives the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services is continuously testing new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services knows that time is important to everyone, below are some tips you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered from Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! 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 data is key.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 — 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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- Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Not uncommonly they think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will increase the value. So they reschedule the inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
- Use our website to verify 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.