5 Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee the end user gets the best information available. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Weaver Appraisal Group is constantly researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Weaver Appraisal Group knows that time is important to everyone, here are some things you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals ordered from Weaver Appraisal Group.
- Order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- 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 great data to pass long with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may 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.
- Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive without delay.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. With the notion that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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. Our website has several pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Easily track the status of your report on our website.
- 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 is available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.