A Few Tips for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to guarantee their client gets the best information available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Barnes Appraisal Company is always seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Barnes Appraisal Company knows that time is important to everyone, below are some tips you can do to decrease turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Barnes Appraisal Company.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations 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 we got the order.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- 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 in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Be sure to let us know about the unique features of this property.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing details add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique details 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. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive faster.
- What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the idea a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take lots of notes. Some think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the idea that will make the house appraise higher. And will delay the inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some information 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. Our website has several pages of helpful 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 familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
- 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster or easier way to track your report's status.