5 Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best data available. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Sound Appraisal Group, Inc is always seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Sound Appraisal Group, Inc we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a handful of items you can do to speed up the process each time you order an appraisal from Sound Appraisal Group, Inc.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received 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 unnecessarily slow down 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 be different from yours.
You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the unique characteristics of this property.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing 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 had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive faster.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Some think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the belief that will increase the value. So they put off the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they have 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. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment soon!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on 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. There's no faster or easier way to track the status of your report.