Some Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Timely Appraisal Services is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Timely Appraisal Services we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order from Timely Appraisal Services.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! 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 information is essential.
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 helpful data to pass long with your assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

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Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, 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 early on will likely make your report arrive without delay.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are clearly uneasy with the thought a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. Some think they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, thinking that will increase the appraised value. So they delay the appointment until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some info 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. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
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 is available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of the status of your report.