Five Steps to Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure their client receives the best data possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, B & J APPRAISALS, INC. is continuously researching new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At B & J APPRAISALS, INC. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some tips you can do to accelerate the process every time you order an appraisal from B & J APPRAISALS, INC..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the request 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 information is essential.
- Being just one number off 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 are good data to pass long with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in 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.
You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features 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 elements 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'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Not uncommonly they think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will make the house appraise for more money. And will put off the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Use our website to follow your report's status.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.