A Few Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee the end user gets the best data available. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Weaver Appraisal Group is continuously researching additional tools and tweaking processes 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 we've listed a couple of tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered with Weaver Appraisal Group.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with the assignment. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements 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 constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, believing that will increase the value. So they delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little 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 likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Why not our website as a resource to keep tabs on the status of your report?
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 and faster to keep track of the status of your report.