A Few Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user gets the best information to be had. To stay current with the continuously 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 effectively. At Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to decrease turn times every time you order an appraisal with Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get 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! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- 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 is helpful information to include with your request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter houses 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 had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive quicker.
- Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the notion an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make lots of notes. One common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. And will reschedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person 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 increase their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Advise them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no faster way to keep track of the status of your report.