Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee the end user has the best information possible. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Phoenix Valuations, LLC is constantly testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Phoenix Valuations, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order from Phoenix Valuations, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's 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 the order was received.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. With the belief that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
- Why not our website as a resource to keep tabs on the status of your report?
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster way to track the status of your report.