5 Tips for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best information available. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, P.M. Appraisals, Inc. is always acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since P.M. Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of items you can do to decrease turn times every time you order an appraisal with P.M. Appraisals, Inc..
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay 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 — though be advised 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 tell us about the property's unique details.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique 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 put 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.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. Some homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the fact an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, under the impression that will make the house appraise for more money. So they reschedule the appointment until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying 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 is instantly available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to track your report's status.