Some Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to ensure the end user receives the best information to be had. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is continuously researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few tips you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal with Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Confirm 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 from the area — remember, however, 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 a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us
- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built 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 early on will likely make your report arrive without delay.
- What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. One common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, thinking that will increase the value. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little knowledge 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on the status of your report.
- 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 track the status of your report.