Five Steps to Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure their client is presented with the best data to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, P.M. Appraisals, Inc. is continuously testing new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At P.M. Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some items you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order with P.M. Appraisals, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to include with the request. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the unique elements of this property.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique features 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. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Under the impression that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners believe they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little information 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.