A Few Hints for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee their client has the best data possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Performance Appraisals Inc. is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Performance Appraisals Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few things you can do to trim turn times every time you order an appraisal from Performance Appraisals Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
- 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. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, 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 features of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is 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 ordering your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed 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 earlier.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Not uncommonly they think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will make the house appraise higher. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
- 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no easier way to track your report's status.