A Few Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data available. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Performance Appraisals Inc. is continuously researching 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 below are some items you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order with Performance Appraisals Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is 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 we received the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- 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 — remember, however, 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 a job we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us
- Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how details 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built 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 early on makes your report arrive sooner.
- Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Some think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, having the thought that will make the house appraise for more money. So they delay the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they have been 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 several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Advise them to 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!
- Use our website to keep track of your report's status.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. There's no faster way to track your report's status.