5 Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure the end user receives the best data available. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Premier Appraisal of SoCal is always researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Premier Appraisal of SoCal knows that time is important to everyone, below are a couple of tips you can do to lessen turn times when you order an appraisal from Premier Appraisal of SoCal.
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
- Confirm that the subject property information 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. 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 an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us
- Tell us up front of the property's distinct features.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing features add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, 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 predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the idea an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. Some think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the idea that will make the house appraise for more money. So they put off the appointment until it is cleaned.
Coming from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping 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 instantly to you online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of the status of your report.