Five Steps to Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to ensure their client receives the best data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Weaver Appraisal Group is constantly researching new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Weaver Appraisal Group we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some tips you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered with Weaver Appraisal Group.
- Order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Be sure to tell us about the unique elements of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique details 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. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive quicker.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. With the belief that it will make the house appraise for more money, some homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. 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 as soon as possible!
- Use our website to track 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. It's never been easier to track your report's status.