profile picture

English Spanish

A Few Hints for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee their client receives the best data possible. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Barnes Appraisal Company is continuously testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Barnes Appraisal Company we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a couple of items you can do to accelerate the process every time you order an appraisal from Barnes Appraisal Company.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. And if you have a tax parcel number, plat map number, subdivision name or anything else that uniquely identifies the property, please pass it along. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — though be advised 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 a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Be sure to let us know about the unique features of this property.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. With the belief that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they delay the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- some 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 likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Are you using our website as a resource to verify the status of your report?
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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. There's no easier way to keep track of the status of your report.