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Some Hints for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user gets the best information available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Barnes Appraisal Company is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Barnes Appraisal Company we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few tips you can do to lower turn times whenever you order an appraisal 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. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. And if you have a tax parcel number, plat map number, subdivision name or anything else that uniquely identifies the property, please pass it along. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

Feel free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics add 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 had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. Many homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the thought an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. Some think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, thinking that will increase the value. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone they've 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 appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
Our website is a great resource for tracking your report's status.
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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.