A Few Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure the end user has the best data to be had. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc..
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the order 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 nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
- 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 are good data 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.
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- Be sure to tell us about the property's unique features.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know 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. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive faster.
- What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. Some homeowners are understandably uneasy with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make lots of notes. One common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, having the thought that will increase the appraised value. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
- 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 instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.