Five Steps to Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the best data available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is always acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order from Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's 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 we got the order.
- 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. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to include with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised 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 call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct details.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, 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 more quickly.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- 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 apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. One common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, having the thought that will increase the value. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some info 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Our website is a great resource for following 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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.