Some Suggestions for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to ensure the end user is presented with the best information. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Weaver Appraisal Group is continuously researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Weaver Appraisal Group we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some things you can do to lessen turn times whenever you order an appraisal with Weaver Appraisal Group:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations 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 re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property? 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — however, remember that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

  4. Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct characteristics. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique features contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report 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, and it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive faster.

  5. Set proper expectations with the occupants. One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Many current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the idea that an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. With the idea that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by and will put off the inspection until it is cleaned.

    Coming from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!


  6. Use our website to verify 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.