A Few Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client receives the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc. is always acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few items you can do to trim turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information 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 from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct features.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Having the thought that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the inspection. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free 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 benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier way to track your report's status.