A Few Tips for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to guarantee their client receives the best data to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, BBH & Associates is continuously researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since BBH & Associates knows that time is important to everyone, here are some things you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order with BBH & Associates.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with the assignment. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — remember, however, 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 welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the unique elements of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique features contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique features 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. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive faster.
- What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Some homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the idea a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. Thinking that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to track the status of your report.