Some Hints for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to ensure the end user is presented with the best data possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Valiant Appraisal Services is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Valiant Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered from Valiant Appraisal Services.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- 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 features 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 features 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. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. A common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the idea that will make the house appraise for more money. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!
- Are you using our website as a resource to follow 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster to keep track of your report's status.