Five Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to ensure their client is presented with the best information to be had. To stay current 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 faster. At Appraisals by Kana, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some tips you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals ordered with Appraisals by Kana, LLC.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to include with the assignment. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us 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 details.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features contribute 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. A common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, thinking that will increase the appraised value. And will delay the appointment until they have cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Easily keep tabs on 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 is instantly available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of your report's status.