Some Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Performance Appraisals Inc. is continuously researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Performance Appraisals Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order with Performance Appraisals Inc..
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering 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 crucial.
- Having just one number incorrect 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 is good information to pass long with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always 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 unique?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements 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 had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
- What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Believing that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they reschedule the appointment until they have cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person 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 change their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.