Some Steps to Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client receives the best data possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Timely Appraisal Services is continuously acquiring new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Timely Appraisal Services we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals ordered from Timely Appraisal Services.

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
With online ordering, you automatically receive 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with your assignment. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Tell us up front of the property's unique features.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique features add 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, 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 early on makes your report arrive quicker.
Let the occupants know what to expect.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. A common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the notion that will increase the value. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some 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 likely 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 relevant information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on your report's status.
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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier or faster way to track your report's status.