Some Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the best information available. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, MANDERFIELD APPRAISAL GROUP is constantly testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At MANDERFIELD APPRAISAL GROUP we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some tips you can do to trim turn times whenever you order an appraisal with MANDERFIELD APPRAISAL GROUP.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements add 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. With the notion that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they delay the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.