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A Few Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their process - all to guarantee the end user gets the best information possible. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Scotco Appraisals is always testing new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Scotco Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered with Scotco Appraisals:

  1. Always order your appraisals online. By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.

  2. Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete. Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass along with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — however, remember that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, feel free to call us at 619-840-8563

  4. Be sure to tell us about the unique details of this property. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive earlier.

  5. Be sure the occupants know the plan. Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. With the idea that it will make the house appraise for more money, many homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by and will reschedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

    Coming from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!

  6. Easily verify the status of your report on our website. Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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 or faster way to keep track of the status of your report. 

  7. Ask us about our RUSH appraisal services! We are more than happy to provide you with a quote on putting a rush on the appraisal order.