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A Few Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times!

Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their research - all to guarantee their client gets the most useful information. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Timberline Appraising Inc. is continuously researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Timberline Appraising Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals you order with Timberline Appraising Inc.:

Order your appraisals online. With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.

Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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 — however, remember that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

Be sure to let us know about the unique features of this property. Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.

Let the occupants know what to expect. One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. Some homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the notion that an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, believing that will make the house appraise for more money and will delay the inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!

Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status. No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 faster way to track your report's status.