A Few Steps to Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to ensure their client has the best information to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Weaver Appraisal Group is constantly testing new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. At Weaver Appraisal Group we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a couple of things you can do to lower turn times each time you order an appraisal from Weaver Appraisal Group.

Always order your appraisals electronically.
With online ordering, you automatically get 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to include with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to 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 an assignment we're working on for you.

Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique details 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 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. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
Let the occupants know what to expect.
Confirming 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 uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will make the house appraise for more money. And will reschedule the inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- the person they have been 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 can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
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 available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.