Some Tips for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure the end user has the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Premier Appraisals, Inc. is continuously acquiring new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Premier Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals you order with Premier Appraisals, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
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 are good data to include with the assignment. 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 may differ from yours.

You're always welcome 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 distinct features.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property 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 had a recent 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 early on will likely make your report arrive earlier.
What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are clearly uneasy with the notion an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. Many commonly think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will make the house appraise higher. So they delay the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Our website is a great resource for following 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. There's no faster way to track your report's status.