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5 Steps to Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure the end user gets the best data available. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Barnes Appraisal Company is always testing additional tools and improving processes 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 a few items you can do to trim turn times when you order an appraisal from Barnes Appraisal Company.

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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 — 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 a job we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Be sure to let us know about the unique characteristics of this property.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique details 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 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. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive faster.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Many current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the thought a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. Under the belief that it will increase the value, some homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier or faster way to track the status of your report.