5 Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the best data possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, QUEENS APPRAISAL SERVICES is always researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At QUEENS APPRAISAL SERVICES we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal from QUEENS APPRAISAL SERVICES.
- Order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- 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 helpful information to pass long with the assignment. 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 differ from yours.
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- Be sure to let us know about the unique features of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique features add 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive quicker.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the idea an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take abundant notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the inspection, thinking that will increase the value. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Advise them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.