5 Hints for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to guarantee their client receives the best information possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services is always researching new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a couple of items you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal from Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics 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 had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. One common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little info 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 lots of pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Easily track the status of your report on our website.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. There's no faster way to keep track of the status of your report.