Some Hints for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure the end user gets the best data available. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Appraisals by Kana, LLC is always seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Appraisals by Kana, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order from Appraisals by Kana, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the request 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 retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Verify that the subject property data 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 area sales is welcome — though be advised 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.
- Are you letting us know up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know 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 prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive earlier.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, believing that will increase the appraised value. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some 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 can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even 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 without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking 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. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of the status of your report.