Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee their client has the best information available. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is continuously testing 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 here are a handful of items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered from Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC.
- Order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- 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 helpful data to pass long with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's unique features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the idea an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. With the idea that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- some information 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. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Our website is a great resource for following 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 instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.