Some Steps to Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to ensure their client gets the best information to be had. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is always seeking new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Gregory James Company, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of items you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order with Gregory James Company, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to pass long with your assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us
- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics contribute 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. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
- Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Some think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to follow 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 instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.