Five Tips for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to ensure the end user has the best information available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Weaver Appraisal Group is always seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Weaver Appraisal Group knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of items you can do to trim turn times every time you order an appraisal with Weaver Appraisal Group.

Order your appraisals electronically.
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass long with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Be sure to tell us about the unique characteristics of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Many current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the fact an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. Thinking that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they reschedule the appointment until it is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Use our website to track 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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of your report's status.