Five Steps to Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee their client is presented with the best information to be had. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Barnes Appraisal Company is continuously acquiring new tools and tweaking 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 things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered from Barnes Appraisal Company.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations 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 retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass long with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us
- Let us know up front of the property's unique elements.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features 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 elements 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. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive faster.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. Not uncommonly they think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the notion that will increase the value. So they reschedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment quickly!
- 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 is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.