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Five Steps to Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure the end user gets the best data to be had. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Barnes Appraisal Company is constantly testing new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Barnes Appraisal Company we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to accelerate the process whenever you order an appraisal with Barnes Appraisal Company.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Tell us up front of the property's unique features.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Some think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, having the thought that will increase the value. And will put off the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
Use our website to verify your report's status.
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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.