Five Hints for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information to be had. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, PSM Appraisals, LLC is continuously researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since PSM Appraisals, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, here are some items you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals ordered from PSM Appraisals, LLC.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you automatically receive 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 we got the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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 from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Be sure to let us know about the property's unique characteristics.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics 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 had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive quicker.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. Many homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. With the notion that it will increase the value, a few homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they reschedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- someone 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Why not our website as a resource to track the status of your report?
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 available instantly to you online. It's never been easier and faster to keep track of the status of your report.