A Few Steps to Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to guarantee their client receives the best information available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Barnes Appraisal Company is constantly researching additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Barnes Appraisal Company knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few things you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order from Barnes Appraisal Company.
- Order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass long with the request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements unique to a property 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, 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 soon as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
- What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. With the notion that it will make the house appraise for more money, some homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Our website is a great resource for following your report's status.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 your report's status.