Some Steps to Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure their client has the best data possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Performance Appraisals Inc. is continuously testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Performance Appraisals Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few items you can do to lower turn times every time you order an appraisal with Performance Appraisals Inc..
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
- 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 are helpful data to pass long with the assignment. Even a list of recent sales in the area 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.
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- Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics 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 details 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. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive sooner.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Having the thought that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Use our website to verify your report's status.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.