Five Hints for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee the end user gets the best data available. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is continuously testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few items you can do to decrease turn times whenever you order an appraisal with Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised 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, feel free to contact us
- Be sure to tell us about the unique characteristics of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are understandably uneasy with the notion a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. Many commonly think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will increase the value. And will delay the appointment until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even 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 as soon as possible!
- 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier and faster to track your report's status.