Five Hints for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to ensure their client receives the best data possible. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC is constantly testing additional tools and tweaking processes 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 we've listed some tips you can do to speed up the process each time you order an appraisal with Timeline Appraisal Services, LLC.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order 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 nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
- Having just one number incorrect 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Be sure to let us know about the property's unique elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique characteristics 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. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. One common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will increase the value. So they put off the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- the person they've 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of the status of your report.