A Few Tips for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to ensure their client receives the best data possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Phoenix Valuations, LLC is continuously researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Phoenix Valuations, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to hasten the process each time you order an appraisal from Phoenix Valuations, LLC.

Always order your appraisals online.
With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements 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 re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to pass long with the request. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Be sure to tell us about the unique features of this property.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. Many homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Thinking that it will make the house appraise for more money, some homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!
Are you using our website as a resource to track 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 to track the status of your report.