A Few Tips for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee their client has the best data available. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is continuously seeking 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 a few tips you can do to trim turn times every time you order an appraisal from Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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 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, feel free to contact us
- Let us know up front of the property's distinct elements.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive faster.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Confirming an appointment 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 unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. With the belief that it will increase the value, some homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they put off the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone 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 affect their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily follow 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. There's no faster way to keep track of your report's status.