A Few Tips for Quicker 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 appraisal process. All of this is to ensure the end user is presented with the best information available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Weaver Appraisal Group is constantly seeking new tools and improving 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 we've listed some items you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered from Weaver Appraisal Group.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. And if you have a tax parcel number, plat map number, subdivision name or anything else that uniquely identifies the property, please pass it along. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Tell us up front of the property's unique details.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features 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 prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. One common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, thinking that will increase the appraised value. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment soon!
- Use our website to follow 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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been faster to keep track of your report's status.