A Few Hints for Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure their client has the best data possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is constantly testing new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of tips you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal with Shamrock Appraisals, Inc..
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online 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.
- Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily delay 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Tell us up front of the property's distinct features.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Under the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners believe they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.