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Some Tips for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to ensure their client has the best data available. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Barnes Appraisal Company is always researching new tools and improving processes in order 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 a few items you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals you order from Barnes Appraisal Company.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to pass long with your assignment. 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.

If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always welcome to call us at

Be sure to let us know about the unique details of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing features add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique details 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. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. Some current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the thought a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. Under the belief that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some information 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 time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Use our website to follow 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.