A Few Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to ensure their client gets the best data available. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Keystone Appraisals and Consulting, LLC is constantly testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Keystone Appraisals and Consulting, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, here are some things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered with Keystone Appraisals and Consulting, LLC.
- 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. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to pass long with your request. 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.
If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us
- Tell us up front of the property's distinct details.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is 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 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. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive quicker.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. Many homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the thought a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. Many commonly think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the notion that will make the house appraise higher. So they reschedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Hearing 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment quickly!
- Easily follow 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier way to keep track of your report's status.