A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to ensure the end user is presented with the best information possible. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, PMJ Appraisals, LLC is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since PMJ Appraisals, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to lessen turn times when you order an appraisal with PMJ Appraisals, LLC .
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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 sales in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the unique features of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. 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. When ordering your report, 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 prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive quicker.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably uneasy with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. A common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, believing that will make the house appraise higher. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person 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 likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!