5 Tips for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best information possible. 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 faster. At Gregory James Company, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few items you can do to accelerate the process whenever you order an appraisal from Gregory James Company, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment 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 we received the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. And if you have a tax parcel number, plat map number, subdivision name or anything else that uniquely identifies the property, please pass it along. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — 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 welcome 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 features of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Not uncommonly they think they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will increase the value. And will delay the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little information 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 appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily verify 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier way to keep track of the status of your report.