A Few Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user receives the best data available. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, P.M. Appraisals, Inc. is always testing new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since P.M. Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few tips you can do to trim turn times every time you order an appraisal from P.M. Appraisals, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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 must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive faster.
- Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. A common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, under the impression that will increase the appraised value. So they delay the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Why not our website as a resource to follow 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. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of the status of your report.