Five Hints for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure the end user has the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Barnes Appraisal Company is always researching new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Barnes Appraisal Company knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few things you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order with Barnes Appraisal Company.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
- Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay 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. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — 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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- Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive faster.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Under the impression that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they reschedule the inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming 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. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Are you using our website as a resource to track the status of your report?
- 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. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.