Some Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee their client receives the best data available. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Pierce Appraisal is constantly seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Pierce Appraisal we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some items you can do to accelerate the process every time you order an appraisal from Pierce Appraisal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, feel free to contact us
- Tell us up front of the property's unique features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features add 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 constructed, 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 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 inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. A common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. So they put off the appointment until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little knowledge 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 several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Advise them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Use our website to keep track of 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.