5 Steps to Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best data to be had. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Crest Appraisal Services is constantly researching new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Crest Appraisal Services we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few things you can do to accelerate the process whenever you order an appraisal with Crest Appraisal Services.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to 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 add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the property's unique features.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique 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 had a recent addition built on, 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 as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive without delay.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Having the thought that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the inspection. So they reschedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report.
- 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 is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.