Five Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user has the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is constantly acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Gregory James Company, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few tips you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal with Gregory James Company, Inc..
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- With online ordering, you get automatic 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 we got the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- 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 include with your 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 might differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us
- Be sure to tell us about the unique characteristics of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property 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 recently had an addition put on, 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 as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Believing that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they put off the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- someone they have been 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for following your report's status.
- 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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.