A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client is presented with the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Weaver Appraisal Group is constantly testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Weaver Appraisal Group we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a handful of things you can do to decrease turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Weaver Appraisal Group.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Be sure to tell us about the unique features of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive quicker.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. With the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they reschedule the inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Are you using our website as a resource to track 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.