Appraiser Solutions Guide Spring 2016 | Page 23

TOTAL for Mobile

“How many times have I had to go back out and measure a house again? With TOTAL for Mobile I don’t have to do that.”

“Before I go out in the field, I pull all the comps and plug everything into TOTAL so I can export it out to TOTAL for Mobile. From the time I arrive on the property, it takes anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes. It just depends on how detailed it is, how big of a property it is. Most properties I can do in 20 minutes.

I work my way around the interior, entering my information into TOTAL for Mobile. Between not having to type the information over again, and not having to take it from a written sketch and put it back in, I’d say it saves me anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours per report.

After bringing the report down from the cloud, I’ll make minor tweaks to the sketch and modifications to the report before doing my adjustments on the sales comparison approach. I think the biggest fear we had going in, and the fear that most people run into, is whether or not your digital information is going to be there when you get back. I’ve never lost a report.

Going from clipboards to a digital device was a change but now it’s taken out a lot of the process. It used to be you’d take a clipboard out into the field and you’d write everything down, hope you got it right with your measurements, come back, start plugging it in. So you were basically doing the work twice. Not only has it taken away that extra step, but when I get back to the office, I don’t have to worry if my house measurements are going to measure up or if I missed a wall. How many times have I had to go back out and measure a house again? With TOTAL for Mobile I don’t
have to do that.

It takes me about the same amount of time to sketch the property, take my pictures, and enter all of my information. Where the savings really happens is when I get back to the office and I don’t have to redo all of that over again. It’s just a push of a button and it’s in my report. Once you do it the first couple of times, it’s a cakewalk from then on.” — Greg Mellies, Mellies Appraisal

Take photos within TOTAL for Mobile. They’re automatically added in your report. Just tap through your saved QuickList data to quickly fill in your forms without typing. Ensure accuracy by auto-correcting sqft when cutting out open-to-below areas.

Put TOTAL for Mobile to the test on five houses
Download TOTAL for Mobile for free on your device and try it on five houses: #1 on your own home, #2-4 on vacant properties, and #5 on a traditional assignment. By your fifth inspection you should have the hang of it and start to see the time savings back at the office. And remember, our expert technicians are always just a phone call away!

Visit or find TOTAL for Mobile in the app store.