5 Hints for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Premier Appraisal of SoCal is constantly testing new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Premier Appraisal of SoCal 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 Premier Appraisal of SoCal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- 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. 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 be different from yours.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the unique elements of this property.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive earlier.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Many commonly think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, believing that will increase the appraised value. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Are you using our website as a resource to follow 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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.