When it comes to file storage solutions for appraisers, there are four basic elements you'd need to take into account:
- It should be large — You have to keep at least five years of reports, no matter how you store them, either in paper file cabinets, hard drives, or some online storage solutions.
- Your files should be shareable — You also need to share these files with your clients, trainees, and colleagues.
- It should automatically backup your files and software settings — How about backing up your data including software settings, QuickLists (or you can call it canned comments), contacts, signatures, and comps database?
- It should recover your files when stuff happens — Would you be able to recover you files quickly and easily if catastrophes strike your appraisal business?