Five Hints for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure their client is presented with the best data possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Phoenix Valuations, LLC is continuously testing new tools and improving processes 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 hasten the process on any appraisals ordered from Phoenix Valuations, LLC.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to pass long with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive without delay.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the notion a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. A common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the notion that will make the house appraise higher. And will delay the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Why not our website as a resource to follow the status of your report?
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. It's never been faster to keep track of the status of your report.