A Few Tips for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee their client has the best data possible. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, PSM Appraisals, LLC is always researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At PSM Appraisals, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order from PSM Appraisals, LLC.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay 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 from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us

Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
Did you make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. A common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will make the house appraise higher. So they delay the appointment until they have cleaned.

Coming from you -- someone 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 change their home's value one little bit, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.