A Few Steps to Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure the end user has the best data possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is continuously acquiring new 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 a few items you can do to lessen turn times each time you order an appraisal with Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC.
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Let us know up front of the property's unique details.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Many commonly think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, believing that will make the house appraise for more money. And will delay the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- some 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 likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!
- Why not our website as a resource to follow 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 is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.