A Few Steps to Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure their client has the best information available. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is continuously researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, here are a handful of tips you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order from Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to 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 distinct characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property 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 built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. With the notion that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the inspection. And will delay the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
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 affect their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Tell them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Our website is a great resource for following 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 the status of your report.