Five Steps to Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee the end user receives the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Property Valuation Group is always testing additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Property Valuation Group knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal from Property Valuation Group.
- Order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the order 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- 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 — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the unique elements of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Setting an inspection time and date 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 an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Thinking that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will put off the inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of helpful 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 the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily track the status of your report on our website.
- 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 is instantly available to you online. It's never been faster to track the status of your report.