Some Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to ensure the end user receives the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is always researching new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, below are some tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order from Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with your request. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us
- Let us know up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property 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 characteristics 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 would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
- What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Believing that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will put off the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Are you using our website as a resource to keep 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.