Five Tips for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to guarantee their client receives the best information possible. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is always testing additional tools and improving processes 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 things you can do to lower turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC.
- Order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily delay 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 from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to 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.
- Be sure to let us know about the unique elements of this property.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements 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 built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
- Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. One common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, thinking that will increase the value. So they delay the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a person they have 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Are you using our website as a resource to verify the status of your report?
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of your report's status.