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A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user gets the best analysis. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is continuously acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to accelerate the process whenever you order an appraisal from Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC:

  1. Order your appraisals online. By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial. 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

  4. Let us know up front of the property's unique details. Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements contribute 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 recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive earlier.

  5. Set proper expectations with the homeowner. Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Many commonly think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will increase the value and will reschedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

    Coming from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!


  6. Easily track the status of your report on our website. 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to track the status of your report.