Some Hints for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to guarantee their client is presented with the best data available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Appraisals by Kana, LLC is always testing new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Appraisals by Kana, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few things you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered with Appraisals by Kana, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you receive 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.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
- 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 is great information to include with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ 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.
- Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique details 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 recently had an addition built on, 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 early on makes your report arrive quicker.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, thinking that will make the house appraise higher. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they have 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 can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for following 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 instantly to you online. It's never been faster and easier to track the status of your report.