Five Hints for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their data gathering - all to ensure their client is presented with the best analysis that can be achieved. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Peterson Appraisal Group is always acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Peterson Appraisal Group knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order with Peterson Appraisal Group:

  1. Always order your appraisals electronically. When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property information is essential. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to include with your request. 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 be different from yours.

  3. You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

  4. Let us know up front of the property's distinct details. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive sooner.

  5. Do the occupants know what to expect? Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. A common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, believing that will increase the appraised value and will choose to not schedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.

    Coming from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- some info 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. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!


  6. Use our website to keep tabs on 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 easier to keep track of the status of your report.