Five Tips for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure the end user receives the best information possible. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Barnes Appraisal Company is constantly seeking new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Barnes Appraisal Company we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some things you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order with Barnes Appraisal Company.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- By ordering 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 retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to include with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Be sure to let us know about the unique characteristics of this property.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing 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 elements 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 would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive faster.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the fact a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. With the idea that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some 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. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Tell them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
- Why are you still playing phone and fax tag when our website offers 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 faster or easier way to keep track of the status of your report.