Some Steps to Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee the end user gets the best data possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Appraisals by Kana, LLC is always seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. Since Appraisals by Kana, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, below are a couple of tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered with Appraisals by Kana, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to 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. 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 may differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at
- Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property 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 susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Some think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, thinking that will increase the value. So they put off the appointment until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- someone 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 change their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily track 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 is available instantly to you online. There's no faster or easier way to track your report's status.