Some Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Appraisals by Kana, LLC is always researching new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Appraisals by Kana, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, here are a couple of tips you can do to decrease turn times each time you order an appraisal from Appraisals by Kana, LLC.

Always order your appraisals online.
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations 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! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass long with your request. 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.

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

Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics add 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive sooner.
What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Some current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the thought a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take copious notes. With the notion that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they reschedule the appointment until they have cleaned.

Coming from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment quickly!
Easily verify 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. It's never been easier and faster to keep track of the status of your report.