Some Hints for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to ensure the end user receives the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is always testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a handful of items you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered with Shamrock Appraisals, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with your assignment. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might 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.
- Let us know up front of the property's distinct elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. 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 you order your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Some think they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, under the impression that will increase the value. So they delay the inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier and faster to track the status of your report.