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5 Hints for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure their client is presented with the best information possible. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Barnes Appraisal Company is always researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Barnes Appraisal Company knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order from Barnes Appraisal Company.

Order your appraisals electronically.
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with your request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at

Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive faster.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. And will delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment promptly!
Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on the status of your report.
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. It's never been faster to keep track of the status of your report.