5 Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to guarantee their client receives the best information possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, JTH Appraisals is constantly testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At JTH Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few items you can do to lessen turn times whenever you order an appraisal from JTH Appraisals.
- Order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass long with your assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique details 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent 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 as soon as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
- What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Under the belief that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners believe they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have multiple pages of helpful 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. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to verify 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.