5 Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure their client is presented with the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is always acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to reduce turn times when you order an appraisal from Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's 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 we got the request.
- Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Tell us up front of the property's distinct details.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Some homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the fact an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. Some think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the notion that will increase the value. So they delay the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- some 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 likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Advise them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on the status of your report.
- 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 to you online. There's no faster way to track your report's status.