Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user gets the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Phoenix Valuations, LLC is always researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Phoenix Valuations, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered from Phoenix Valuations, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations 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 re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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 from the area — 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 call us at if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Be sure to tell us about the unique features of this property.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details 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 recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Thinking that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some information 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster to keep track of your report's status.