A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure the end user is presented with the best data possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Diversified Appraisal Services is always acquiring new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Diversified Appraisal Services we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals ordered from Diversified Appraisal Services.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request 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 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 essential.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to pass long with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always 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 features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing 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 elements 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 would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Some think they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, thinking that will increase the appraised value. So they put off the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment soon!
- Use our website to keep tabs on 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been faster and easier to track the status of your report.