Five Hints for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee their client gets the best data possible. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Premier Appraisal of SoCal is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes 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 below are a few items you can do to lessen turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Premier Appraisal of SoCal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is 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 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 might 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.
- Let us know up front of the property's unique features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report 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 will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. With the notion that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the inspection. So they reschedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some information 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 time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying your report's status.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.