Five Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure their client is presented with the best information available. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is always testing 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 a couple of items you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals you order from Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! 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 information about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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 must always 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 elements.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
- 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. Some current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make lots of notes. Having the thought that it will increase the value, some homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying the status of your report.
- 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 is available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of your report's status.