5 Tips for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee their client has the best information possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is continuously seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to accelerate the process whenever you order an appraisal with Shamrock Appraisals, Inc..
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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 might differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, feel free to contact us
- Be sure to tell us about the unique elements of this property.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Having the thought that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- the person 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 can shorten the appraisal inspection time. 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 become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for following 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to track your report's status.