A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, P.M. Appraisals, Inc. is constantly testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At P.M. Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to accelerate the process every time you order an appraisal with P.M. Appraisals, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features 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 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. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. Many current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the idea a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. Some think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the notion that will increase the appraised value. So they put off the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Use our website to keep track of 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. It's never been easier and faster to keep track of the status of your report.