A Few Tips for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee the end user gets the best information possible. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is always seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a handful of things you can do to accelerate 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 notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to pass long with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's distinct elements.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, thinking that will increase the value. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
- Are you using our website as a resource to track 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.