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A Few Tips for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure their client is presented with the best information possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Barnes Appraisal Company is always testing new 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 here are some items you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered from Barnes Appraisal Company.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment 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 re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
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 good data to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised 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 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 distinct?
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, 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 early on will likely make your report arrive earlier.
Did you make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the notion a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take lots of notes. With the belief that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they delay the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little information 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even 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 soon!
Use our website to follow your report's status.
Why are you still playing phone and fax tag when our website offers 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. There's no faster or easier way to track the status of your report.