Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user gets the best information possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, DFW Quality Appraisal is constantly acquiring new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since DFW Quality Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few things you can do to lower turn times whenever you order an appraisal from DFW Quality Appraisal.
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- 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. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ 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.
- Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics 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 constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are clearly uneasy with the fact a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take abundant notes. Some think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, thinking that will make the house appraise higher. So they delay the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Advise them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!
- Are you using our website as a resource to track the status of your report?
- 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.