Some Tips for Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to ensure the end user is presented with the best information available. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, H.M. Hoffman & Company is always testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At H.M. Hoffman & Company we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to lessen turn times when you order an appraisal with H.M. Hoffman & Company.
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This 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.
- Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay 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 — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's distinct details.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. A common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will make the house appraise for more money. So they put off the inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Tell them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- 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 is available to you online. There's no faster way to keep track of the status of your report.