Some Hints for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best information available. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, MANDERFIELD APPRAISAL GROUP is continuously acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since MANDERFIELD APPRAISAL GROUP knows that time is important to everyone, below are a handful of items you can do to lessen turn times whenever you order an appraisal from MANDERFIELD APPRAISAL GROUP.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- Being just one number off 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 great information to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, 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 soon as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Under the belief that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some info 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Why not our website as a resource to keep tabs on 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 is available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.