5 Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best information available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Premier Appraisal of SoCal is continuously 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, we've listed a couple of things you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order with Premier Appraisal of SoCal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to include with the assignment. 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 may differ from yours.
You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Let us know up front of the property's unique features.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive quicker.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. Many current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. Not uncommonly they think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will make the house appraise for more money. So they reschedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about 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's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
- Use our website to keep tabs on 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 easier to track the status of your report.