Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee their client gets the best data possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services is constantly researching additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. At Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate 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 you order from Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services.
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the order 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.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- 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 be different from yours.
You're always free to contact us 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 unique features.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property add 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Believing that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners think they must make the place spotless before the inspection. And will put off the inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for following 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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier or faster way to track your report's status.