A Few Steps to Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information available. To keep up with the constantly 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 quickly. At Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a handful of items you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals you order with Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC.

Always order your appraisals electronically.
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
Being just one number off on the street address can really 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from 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 contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Be sure to let us know about the unique features of this property.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements 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 predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. With the belief that it will increase the value, many homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even 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 verifying your report's status.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 keep track of your report's status.