Five Steps to Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure the end user has the best information possible. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Weaver Appraisal Group is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes 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 some things you can do to decrease turn times each time you order an appraisal from Weaver Appraisal Group.
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect 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 helpful information to pass long with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in 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.
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- Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing features 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. Some homeowners are understandably uneasy with the notion an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. A common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, thinking that will make the house appraise higher. So they reschedule the appointment until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some 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 can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Advise them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Use our website to keep track of your report's status.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.