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A Few Hints for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user gets the best information possible. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, P.M. Appraisals, Inc. is constantly testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since P.M. Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to lessen turn times when you order an appraisal from P.M. Appraisals, Inc..

Always order your appraisals electronically.
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment 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 retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with the assignment. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Are you telling us up front any details 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 differing features add 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will 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 time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Under the belief that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the inspection. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some 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 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. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
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 and faster to keep track of your report's status.