Five Hints for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure the end user has the best information available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is continuously testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Gregory James Company, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few items you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered from Gregory James Company, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 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.
You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how features 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive faster.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. One common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will make the house appraise higher. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.