Five Tips for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to ensure the end user has the best data available. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Premier Appraisal of SoCal is always acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Premier Appraisal of SoCal we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few tips you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals ordered with Premier Appraisal of SoCal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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 area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to 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 an assignment we're working on for you.
- Tell us up front of the property's unique details.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Under the impression that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will reschedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming directly from you -- someone 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment soon!
- Easily keep tabs on 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier way to track your report's status.