5 Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to ensure the end user gets the best data to be had. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is constantly seeking new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered with Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC.

Order your appraisals electronically.
When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request 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 re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent 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 had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. With the notion that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some information 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Are you using our website as a resource to verify 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 keep track of the status of your report.