Some Tips for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee the end user receives the best data available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is constantly researching additional tools and improving processes in order 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 here are a few tips you can do to lessen turn times when you order an appraisal from 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. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's unique details.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Thinking that it will increase the value, many homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will put off the inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even 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 quickly!
- Use our website to follow your report's status.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster way to track the status of your report.