Some Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the best data available. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is continuously researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a handful of items you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc..
- Order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different 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 telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics add 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, 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 as early as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Some think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will make the house appraise for more money. So they delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little 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 can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily track the status of your report on our website.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster way to keep track of the status of your report.