Five Hints for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure the end user receives the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is continuously researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal with Shamrock Appraisals, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This 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.
- Complete and accurate subject property information 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 in the area — though be advised 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 assignment we're working on for you.
- Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how elements 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an 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 is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. With the belief that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they reschedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little info 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment quickly!
- Our website is a great resource for following your report's status.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.