5 Steps to Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure their client receives the best data possible. 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 clients. Since Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered with Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc..
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- With online ordering, you get automatic 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in 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.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Let us know up front of the property's unique characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique features contribute 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Many commonly think they should make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will increase the value. So they delay the appointment until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking 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 is available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.