Some Steps to Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their research - all to ensure the end user receives the most useful information that can be achieved. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, JLD Evaluation, Inc. is always seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since JLD Evaluation, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order with JLD Evaluation, Inc.:

  1. Always order your appraisals online. When you order online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property data is essential. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

  3. Feel free to call us at (916) 783-2100 if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

  4. Tell us up front of the property's unique features. 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. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive more quickly.

  5. Set proper expectations with the occupants. One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. Many current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the thought that a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will make the house appraise higher and will put off the appointment until it is cleaned.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!

  6. Are you using our website as a resource to keep tabs on your report's status? No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 easier to keep track of your report's status.