Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to guarantee their client has the best data possible. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is continuously researching new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of things you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered with Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request 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 retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with your request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

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

Be sure to tell us about the property's unique elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements add 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 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 susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive without delay.
What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Believing that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they delay the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
Easily track the status of your report on our website.
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 keep track of the status of your report.