The photo-taking procedure generally keeps going from 30 to 45 minutes for an initial bid survey and from 45 minutes to an hour for documentation of the initial inspection. If you are a property preservation Work Order processing company, then photograph documentation is your companion, as the whole process overall depends on photos provided to them by the inspection or preservation contractor.
It is an obligation to take high-quality photographs during the inspection and maintaining them in a precise order for future reference. You should take photos regularly throughout the REO procedure. Regardless of whether you are reporting the condition of the property after the owner left an issue generated during the opening time frame, or the consequence of any work that you have performed, taking photographs is a vital and essential aspect of your responsibilities.
Importance of Quality photos requirement
In the present property preservation condition, “photography” as opposed to “photograph” or “picture” is significant since the nature of advanced pictures requested by w/o processing and updating company is high. Your pictures must be of professional quality to maintain the standard of the outcome that is required.
Some basic guidelines while taking pictures for the Property Preservation Process
- Colored photos are a must for the process to work more efficiently.
- No blurry pictures are acceptable all the photos should be sharp and clear.
- Consider taking enough photos that too from all the angels of a particular portion to make the process more feasible.
- Always take all the required notes from the provided work order to acknowledge your work well and avoid any unnecessary issues, which can affect your hard work.
- For interior inspection, cover wide-angle of each room with walls and ceiling visible and use a flashlight if the rooms are dark. Also take close up pictures of any damages present
- For exterior inspection, cover front, left side, right side and rear of the property. Additionally, full wide angles of complete lawn, roof, close up pictures of landscape issues, or damages if any.
- Ensure the photos are not red or yellow. Change the camera setting, so the photographs are as best as real.
- Avoid taking pictures after the dawn and in the dark because the picture may not be clear at that time of the day.
- All before, during, and after photographs must be taken from a similar distance and angles.
Some points to remember while taking quality photos
- Take the photos from the landscape view rather than the vertical position to cover most of the part of a particular area.
- Make sure of taking photos of the walls and ceilings while doing interior condition photos.
- Don’t try to move things for taking a better photo click as it is to avoid any issues.
- Don’t take photos of the things which are not of concern and delete the shots which are blur or of no use.
- Give more consideration to the photos that you are going to use for the documentation (PCR) purpose.
- When photographs ought to incorporate a reference point, for example, a garage or a door frame, don’t simply snap a picture with nothing to show the perspective or position.
- Take during and after repair photos in the same order as before photos. This will make them a lot simpler to name and organize for the report.
Why photos are required?
Remember, photographs will be an exception that you need to demonstrate your point. So take the best photos you can for your clients and yourself as well, particularly the ones that show damages, issues, and safety hazards. Following are the reason why photos are essential for the property preservation process to complete
- Property Condition Report (PCR): You have to record the state of the property each time you go there, and photos are the best way to keep the records handy and safe for the reference.
- Bid estimation: The photographs you submit need to agree with your depiction and evaluations of the work that you state is to do during your repairing hours.
- Damage analysis report: The client needs to know about the damages incurred by the property and to what extent they are there and the amount it will cost to fix. Photos play a vital role while explaining the exact length of any damage. Close up and clear photos of the damaged area with the measurement tape are the basic requirement for the damage analysis report.
- Invoicing: You will require before and after photographs to show the work you have finished for your invoice to be more reliable for the client to understand your work.
- Personal Safety: It is essential to keep all the records in the form of photos with you for at least an acceptable time after you are done with your work to avoid any liability on the property, which may not have reported during the property preservation process.
RPR Services is your one-stop destination for all your work order processing needs. We analyze and evaluate the photos submitted by the property inspection contractor, and provide the client with the most acceptable and nominal bid for all their REO needs.