Five Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure the end user gets the best data available. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Barnes Appraisal Company is continuously seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Barnes Appraisal Company we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered with Barnes Appraisal Company.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- 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. 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.
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- Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
- 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Under the impression 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 appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing it directly 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 change their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!
- Use our website 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 instantly available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to track your report's status.