Some Steps to Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to ensure their client is presented with the best information possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Phoenix Valuations, LLC is continuously seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since Phoenix Valuations, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of tips you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals you order from Phoenix Valuations, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations 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 retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- 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. 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 sales in the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
- 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 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 predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. One common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. And will put off the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little 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 likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free 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!
- Use our website to keep track of your report's status.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier or faster way to track the status of your report.