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A Few Steps to Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their research - all to guarantee their client gets the most useful analysis possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Premier Appraisals, Inc. is always testing additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. At Premier Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a handful of items you can do to hasten the process each time you order an appraisal with Premier Appraisals, Inc.:

  1. Always order your appraisals on the Internet. When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online 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 we got the request.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property information is key. Having just one number incorrect 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome however, remember that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always free to call us at (516) 523-1216

  4. Let us know up front of the property's unique characteristics. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique details add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive sooner.

  5. Set proper expectations with the homeowner. One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Believing that it will increase the value, some homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection and will delay the appointment until it is cleaned.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. 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 soon!


  6. Why not use our website as a resource to keep track of your report's status? Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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. It's never been faster to keep track of your report's status.