Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee their client is presented with the best data possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, MANDERFIELD APPRAISAL GROUP is constantly researching new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At MANDERFIELD APPRAISAL GROUP we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a handful of items you can do to accelerate the process every time you order an appraisal from MANDERFIELD APPRAISAL GROUP.
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering 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 we got the order.
- Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Let us know up front of the property's distinct elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics 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 recently had an addition constructed, 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 as soon as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
- Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the thought an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take copious notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the inspection, thinking that will increase the value. And will put off the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
- Are you using our website as a resource to track 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. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.