A Few Steps to Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to guarantee their client has the best information possible. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Appraisals by Kana, LLC is constantly seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Appraisals by Kana, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order from Appraisals by Kana, LLC.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive sooner.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the notion an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. Many commonly think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, believing that will make the house appraise higher. So they delay the appointment until they have cleaned.

Coming from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- some info 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. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Advise them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment quickly!
Why not our website as a resource to keep track of 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 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 your report's status.