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5 Hints for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user receives the best information available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Barnes Appraisal Company is constantly testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Barnes Appraisal Company knows that time is important to everyone, here are some items you can do to decrease turn times every time you order an appraisal from Barnes Appraisal Company.

Order your appraisals electronically.
When you order online, you receive automatic 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 received the request.
Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to pass long with the request. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Are you letting us know up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics contribute 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'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Not uncommonly they think they must make the place spotless before the inspection, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. So they delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
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 is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.