5 Suggestions for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best data possible. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Valiant Valuation LLC is continuously testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Valiant Valuation LLC knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few things you can do to speed up the process every time you order an appraisal with Valiant Valuation LLC.
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment 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 data about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's distinct details.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique 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 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 predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. One common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, thinking that will increase the appraised value. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- the 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!
- Use our website to keep track of 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.