A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure the end user receives the best data available. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Weaver Appraisal Group is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. At Weaver Appraisal Group we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered from Weaver Appraisal Group.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment 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 you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to include with the request. 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 might 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.
- Tell us up front of the property's unique details.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique characteristics 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'd find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
- What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Under the belief that it will increase the value, some homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will reschedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
- Are you using our website as a resource to keep track of the status of your report?
- 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.