Some Steps to Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee the end user has the best information available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Premier Appraisal of SoCal is constantly acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Premier Appraisal of SoCal we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some items you can do to lessen turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Premier Appraisal of SoCal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get 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! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with the assignment. 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, don't hesitate to contact us
- Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Not uncommonly they think they should make the place spotless before the inspection, believing that will increase the value. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've been 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 can go a long way toward trimming 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 useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
- Our website is a great resource for following the status of your report.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.