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5 Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to ensure the end user has the best information available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Barnes Appraisal Company is continuously acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since Barnes Appraisal Company knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered from Barnes Appraisal Company.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass long with the assignment. Even a list of recent sales in the area 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, feel free to contact us

Tell us up front of the property's unique characteristics.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive faster.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the inspection, with the idea that will make the house appraise higher. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person 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 affect their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Tell them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
Our website is a great resource for tracking 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to track the status of your report.