5 Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information to be had. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, GIZZI APPRAISAL OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA is constantly seeking new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since GIZZI APPRAISAL OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to decrease turn times when you order an appraisal from GIZZI APPRAISAL OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA .
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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 from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the property's unique characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter homes 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. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Some think they should make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will increase the appraised value. And will delay the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Tell 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 without delay!
- Are you using our website as a resource to verify the status of your report?
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier way to keep track of the status of your report.