Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information possible. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Performance Appraisals Inc. is constantly testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Performance Appraisals Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to trim turn times whenever you order an appraisal with Performance Appraisals Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- 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 are great data to pass long with your request. 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 an assignment we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us
- Let us know up front of the property's unique characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique details contribute 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 built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. Some current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the thought an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, thinking that will increase the value. And will delay the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Tell them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Use our website to verify 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. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of your report's status.