A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to guarantee their client has the best data possible. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Barnes Appraisal Company is constantly seeking additional 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 below are some items you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal with Barnes Appraisal Company.
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to include with the 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 may differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us
- Tell us up front of the property's distinct details.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know 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 sooner will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the idea a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the belief that will make the house appraise higher. So they reschedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a person 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 increase their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment soon!
- Easily track the status of your report on our website.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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. It's never been easier and faster to keep track of your report's status.