Some Suggestions for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure their client has the best data to be had. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is continuously testing 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, below are some things you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals ordered from Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Be sure to tell us about the unique features of this property.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing features 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, 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 makes your report arrive without delay.
What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. With the notion that it will increase the value, a few homeowners believe they need to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
Why not 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.