Some Hints for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order 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 hasten the process when you order an appraisal with Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC.

Always order your appraisals electronically.
With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
Being just one number off 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 good data to include with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
Cookie-cutter houses 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive sooner.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. Many homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the fact a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. Believing that it will increase the value, a few homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they delay the inspection until it is cleaned.

Coming 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!
Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
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. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.