Five Hints for Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure their client has the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Premier Appraisal of SoCal is constantly testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Premier Appraisal of SoCal we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a couple of items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order with Premier Appraisal of SoCal.
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment 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 you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with the assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Tell us up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property 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 characteristics 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. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Many commonly think they should make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will increase the appraised value. And will put off the inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Use our website to keep 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 keep track of your report's status.