A Few Tips for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure the end user is presented with the best information possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Weaver Appraisal Group is constantly acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Weaver Appraisal Group we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a couple of things you can do to decrease turn times when you order an appraisal from Weaver Appraisal Group.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the request 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 nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to include with your assignment. 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.
You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or a job 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. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive quicker.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Some think they should make the place spotless before the inspection, having the thought that will increase the appraised value. And will put off the inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been faster to track the status of your report.