5 Suggestions for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure their client gets the best data to be had. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Performance Appraisals Inc. is continuously acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Performance Appraisals Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few tips you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals ordered from Performance Appraisals Inc..
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail notifications 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 nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with the request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct elements.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements add 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, 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 as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are understandably uneasy with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. Not uncommonly they think they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the notion that will make the house appraise for more money. And will delay the appointment until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- a person 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 can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Are you using our website as a resource to track 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.