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5 Suggestions for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to ensure the end user has the best information possible. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Barnes Appraisal Company is always researching new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Barnes Appraisal Company knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to speed up the process each time you order an appraisal with Barnes Appraisal Company.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you get 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 you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily delay 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 area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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

Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique details add 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 features 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. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. Many homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. With the notion that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming from you -- someone 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 affect their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.