Five Steps to Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure their client gets the best data to be had. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Green Acres Appraisal Service is always researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since Green Acres Appraisal Service knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered with Green Acres Appraisal Service.
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request 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.
- Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- 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 is great information to pass long with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us
- Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know 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. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive faster.
- Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are clearly uneasy with the idea a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. With the idea that it will increase the value, many homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they delay the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!
- 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.