A Few Hints for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure the end user gets the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Premier Appraisal of SoCal is continuously testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Premier Appraisal of SoCal we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a couple of tips you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal with Premier Appraisal of SoCal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
- 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 is good information to include with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Tell us up front of the property's unique details.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics contribute 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Under the belief that it will make the house appraise for more money, some homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will delay the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
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 change their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!
- Use our website to keep track of 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. There's no faster way to track the status of your report.