Some Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the best data available. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Greenville Appraisal Services is constantly researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Greenville Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of tips you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order with Greenville Appraisal Services.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- 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. 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 differ from yours.
You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Tell us up front of the property's unique details.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
- Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Under the belief that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little information 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 multiple 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 meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying 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 instantly available to you online. It's never been faster to keep track of your report's status.