Five Hints for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to ensure the end user gets the best data possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Premier Appraisal of SoCal is always seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Premier Appraisal of SoCal we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some items you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal with Premier Appraisal of SoCal.
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
- Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay 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 sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's distinct elements.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique details 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive without delay.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Under the impression that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- a 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 affect their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.