Five Tips for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to ensure their client has the best data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Appraisals by Kana, LLC is continuously researching new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. At Appraisals by Kana, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order with Appraisals by Kana, LLC.

Order your appraisals electronically.
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications 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 retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay 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 area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique features contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, 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 prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the idea an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. A common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will make the house appraise higher. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- a 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 affect their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Why not our website as a resource to follow 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. It's never been faster to keep track of your report's status.