5 Suggestions for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure the end user gets the best information available. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Barnes Appraisal Company is constantly seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Barnes Appraisal Company we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order from Barnes Appraisal Company.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the order 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass long with the request. 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.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always free to call us at
- Let us know up front of the property's unique details.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics contribute 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 put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. One common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the belief that will increase the value. And will put off the inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
- Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster to track your report's status.