Some Steps to Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to ensure their client receives the best data available. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Premier Appraisal of SoCal is always acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Premier Appraisal of SoCal knows that time is important to everyone, here are some things you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered from Premier Appraisal of SoCal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us
- Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive faster.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Under the impression that it will make the house appraise for more money, some homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will put off the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- some info 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates 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 your report's status.