Some Tips for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client is presented with the best data available. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some things you can do to trim turn times each time you order an appraisal with Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC.
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- 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 in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's unique details.
- 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. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive faster.
- Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. With the idea that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little info 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.