5 Tips for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure the end user is presented with the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Premier Appraisals, Inc. is constantly seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Premier Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a couple of tips you can do to accelerate the process whenever you order an appraisal with Premier Appraisals, Inc..

Order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly 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.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
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 good data to pass long with your 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 may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always free 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 house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Some current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the idea an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. Thinking that it will increase the value, many homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.