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Some Hints for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure the end user gets the best information to be had. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Barnes Appraisal Company is continuously researching additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Barnes Appraisal Company we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals you order with Barnes Appraisal Company.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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. 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 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 contact us

Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property 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 put on, 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 sooner makes your report arrive faster.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. With the belief that it will increase the value, many homeowners think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they reschedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little info 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 your clients to this website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners and 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's to their benefit to set the appointment promptly!
Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.