Five Hints for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Phoenix Valuations, LLC is always seeking new 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, below are a few things you can do to lower turn times each time you order an appraisal with Phoenix Valuations, LLC.
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- 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 area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive faster.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Some think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will make the house appraise for more money. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the 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 increase their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of helpful 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!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying 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 is available to you online. It's never been faster to track your report's status.