A Few Hints for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure the end user has the best data available. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Performance Appraisals Inc. is always seeking additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Performance Appraisals Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are a couple of tips you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals you order from Performance Appraisals Inc..
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us
- Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order 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 predisposed to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- Confirming an appointment 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 an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. One common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, thinking that will increase the value. So they put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some 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 likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Why not our website as a resource to verify the status of your report?
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 easier to track your report's status.