Some Steps to Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to guarantee their client receives the best data to be had. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Crest Appraisal Services is continuously testing new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Crest Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few tips you can do to accelerate the process each time you order an appraisal with Crest Appraisal Services.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- 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 are great data to include with your request. 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 might differ from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive faster.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. Under the impression that it will make the house appraise for more money, many homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the inspection. So they reschedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 decrease 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 customers. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
- Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier and faster to keep track of the status of your report.