5 Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to ensure their client receives the best information available. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is continuously acquiring new 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 things you can do to reduce turn times every time you order an appraisal from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc..
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to include with the request. 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 be different from yours.
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- Be sure to tell us about the unique characteristics of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details 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 recently had an 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 early on will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. With the idea that it will make the house appraise for more money, a few homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they delay the appointment until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 this website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily track the status of your report on our website.
- 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to track the status of your report.