Some Tips for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to ensure the end user gets the best data available. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Premier Appraisals, Inc. is always researching new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Premier Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a handful of tips you can do to reduce turn times every time you order an appraisal from Premier Appraisals, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request 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 we got the order.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's distinct 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 ordering your report if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive without delay.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the thought an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the notion that will increase the appraised value. And will reschedule the appointment until it 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 can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Are you using our website as a resource to keep tabs on the status of your report?
- Why are you still playing phone and fax tag when our website offers up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7? As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.