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Five Steps to Quicker Turnaround Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user gets the most useful information possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Appraisals By Michael is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Appraisals By Michael knows that time is important to everyone, here are some items you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal from Appraisals By Michael:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? When you order online, you automatically receive 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 we got the request.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property? There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

  4. Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct? Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive earlier.

  5. Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect? Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. With the idea that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection and will delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!


  6. Are you easily following 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier way to track your report's status.

 

Thank you for visiting AppraisalsByMichael.com, the more information you have; the more informed you will be regarding your home. Feel free to order online or give us a call for faster and easier ordering.

Contact us today so that we can start on your home appraisal in Atlanta.

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