5 Tips for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to guarantee their client is presented with the best data to be had. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, P.M. Appraisals, Inc. is continuously acquiring new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At P.M. Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some things you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered with P.M. Appraisals, Inc..
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's 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.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Be sure to tell us about the unique characteristics of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. One common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. So they delay the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little information 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.