Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure their client gets the best data to be had. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Weaver Appraisal Group is constantly seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Weaver Appraisal Group we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a couple of items you can do to accelerate the process every time you order an appraisal from Weaver Appraisal Group.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
- Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect 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 is great information to include with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive faster.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the idea an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. Thinking that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will delay the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Tell them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!
- Our website is a great resource for following the status of your report.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been faster to track the status of your report.