A Few Suggestions for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure the end user gets the best data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Glynn Michael Appraisals LLC is constantly acquiring new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Glynn Michael Appraisals LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a couple of items you can do to hasten the process each time you order an appraisal with Glynn Michael Appraisals LLC.
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the request 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 nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- 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 is great information 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 may differ from yours.
You're always free 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 unique details of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report 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 prone 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 quicker.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Many commonly think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, thinking that will increase the value. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to keep track of your report's status.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates 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.