5 Steps to Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to guarantee their client is presented with the best data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Weaver Appraisal Group is constantly acquiring new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Weaver Appraisal Group knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to trim turn times when you order an appraisal from Weaver Appraisal Group.
- Order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass long with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — 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.
If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, feel free to contact us
- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing details add 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 had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. One common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, thinking that will increase the appraised value. And will delay the appointment until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- some info 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking 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 instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.