A Few Tips for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to ensure their client is presented with the best data possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is continuously acquiring additional tools and tweaking 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, we've listed some items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order with Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect 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 are helpful data to include with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- 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 uneasy with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Some think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the notion that will make the house appraise higher. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some information 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Advise 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 as quickly as possible!
- Use our website to track your report's status.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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. There's no faster way to track the status of your report.