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Some Hints for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure the end user receives the best information possible. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Barnes Appraisal Company is always testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Barnes Appraisal Company knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals ordered with Barnes Appraisal Company.

Always order your appraisals electronically.
With online ordering, you automatically receive 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 manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to pass long with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us

Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique features contribute 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive faster.
Let the homeowner know what to expect.
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. With the notion that it will increase the value, many homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will delay the appointment until it is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- someone they have 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
Easily follow 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been faster to track the status of your report.