Five Suggestions for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure their client has the best data to be had. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Premier Appraisal of SoCal is continuously researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Premier Appraisal of SoCal knows that time is important to everyone, here are some items you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal with Premier Appraisal of SoCal.

Order your appraisals online.
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with the request. 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 be different from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, you're always free to call us at

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 elements unique to a property 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive sooner.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Not uncommonly they think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will make the house appraise for more money. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Have them 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!
Our website is a great resource for keeping 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.