Five Tips for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to ensure the end user is presented with the most useful data that can be achieved. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, ATP Appraisals, LLC. (973) 283-2266 is continuously acquiring new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since ATP Appraisals, LLC. (973) 283-2266 knows that time is important to everyone, below are some tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered with ATP Appraisals, LLC. (973) 283-2266:

  1. Order your appraisals on the Internet. When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Confirm that the subject property information 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 sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

  4. Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it distinct? Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics add 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive faster.

  5. Set proper expectations with the occupants. One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. Many homeowners are understandably uneasy with the notion that an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will increase the value and will choose to not schedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Coming from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Advise them to 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 quickly!

  6. Use our website to follow your report's status. Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.