Five Steps to Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user receives the best data available. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Premier Appraisal of SoCal is constantly testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Premier Appraisal of SoCal knows that time is important to everyone, here are a couple of tips you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered with Premier Appraisal of SoCal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
- 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 great information to pass long with your assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us
- Let us know up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics unique to a property 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. Some think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, having the thought that will increase the value. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!
- Are you using our website as a resource to verify your report's status?
- 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. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.