Five Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure their client is presented with the best information to be had. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Barnes Appraisal Company is always acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Barnes Appraisal Company we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few items you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered from Barnes Appraisal Company.
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
- 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, 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 is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Under the impression that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they put off the inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they are 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many 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 meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
- Are you using our website as a resource to keep 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 track your report's status.