Five Steps to Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client gets the best information possible. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Weaver Appraisal Group is constantly researching additional tools and improving processes in order 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 few items you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal with Weaver Appraisal Group.
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment 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 we got the order.
- Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ 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. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property contribute 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive quicker.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Thinking that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until the house is 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 appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment soon!
- Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
- 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 instantly available to you online. It's never been easier and faster to track the status of your report.