Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure the end user receives the best data to be had. To stay current with the always changing requirements, P.M. Appraisals, Inc. is constantly seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since P.M. Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to trim turn times each time you order an appraisal with P.M. Appraisals, Inc..
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to pass long with your request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised 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 elements of this property.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Believing that it will make the house appraise for more money, a few homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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 way to keep track of the status of your report.