Five Tips for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee the end user gets the best information possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Performance Appraisals Inc. is constantly acquiring new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Performance Appraisals Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals ordered from Performance Appraisals Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. 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. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique details 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 would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
- What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. Some homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the thought a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take abundant notes. Under the belief that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little info 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 numerous pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Our website is a great resource for following 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.