Some Hints for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure the end user has the best information available. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is constantly researching 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, here are a few things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered from Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC.
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Being just one number off 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 is good information to pass long with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might 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.
- Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is 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 had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive faster.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. A common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will make the house appraise for more money. So they delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they are 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. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Why not our website as a resource to keep tabs on your report's status?
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.