5 Hints for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure their client gets the best information available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Weaver Appraisal Group is continuously acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Weaver Appraisal Group we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some things you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal with Weaver Appraisal Group.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
- Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Be sure to tell us about the unique elements of this property.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent 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 features 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 will find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Having the thought that it will increase the value, a few homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Use our website to track your report's status.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster way to track your report's status.