A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure their client gets the best data possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Premier Appraisal of SoCal is continuously testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Premier Appraisal of SoCal we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few tips you can do to decrease turn times when you order an appraisal from Premier Appraisal of SoCal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with the request. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Be sure to let us know about the property's unique features.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements 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 built on, 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 early on makes your report arrive earlier.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Some current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make lots of notes. With the idea that it will increase the value, many homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they reschedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
- Why not 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster to keep track of the status of your report.