Some Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure their client is presented with the best information to be had. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, P.M. Appraisals, Inc. is constantly researching new tools and tweaking 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 a couple of things you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals ordered from P.M. Appraisals, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the order 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Being just one number off 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 is great information to include with the request. 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 may differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us
- Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. With the idea that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will reschedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some information 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them 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 verify the status of your report on our website.
- 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 to keep track of your report's status.