5 Steps to Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the best information available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is constantly seeking new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few things you can do to hasten the process when you order an appraisal with Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key 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?
- 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 sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Be sure to let us know about the property's unique characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive faster.
- Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Under the belief that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they put off the inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Use our website to track 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. There's no faster or easier way to track your report's status.