A Few Hints for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to ensure their client is presented with the best data possible. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, New York Appraisers is constantly acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At New York Appraisers we know that time is important to everybody, so we’ve listed some items you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order with New York Appraisers:
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet. When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property? Being just one number off on the street address can really 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 sales from the area is welcome — however, remember that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we’re working on for you, feel free to contact us
- Tell us up front of the property’s distinct details. It’s relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property’s market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area — for example, it’s recently had an addition put on, it’s subject to zoning restrictions, and it’s susceptible 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 without delay.
- Did you make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect? Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the idea that an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take abundant notes. Thinking that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the inspection and will delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.Hearing from you — a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship — a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won’t make a significant difference in their home’s value, will help move the process along for everyone. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Easily track the status of your report on our website. 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. It’s never been faster to keep track of the status of your report.