5 Steps to Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure the end user gets the best data possible. In order to keep up with the always 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 quickly. At Premier Appraisal of SoCal we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order with Premier Appraisal of SoCal.
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the property's unique features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing details contribute 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 features 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'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive without delay.
- What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the notion an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. Having the thought that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Are you using our website as a resource to track 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 to you online. It's never been faster and easier to track the status of your report.