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Five Hints for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their process - all to ensure the end user receives the most useful analysis. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is constantly testing new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. Since Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to accelerate the process every time you order an appraisal from Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC:

  1. Order your appraisals on the Internet. With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property data is essential. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass along with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us

  4. 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 differing details add 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, and it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive without delay.

  5. Does the homeowner know what to expect? Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Not uncommonly they think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, having the thought that will increase the appraised value and will delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a little bit 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 multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!


  6. Are you using our website as a resource to follow the status of your report? 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 is available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to track your report's status.