Five Tips for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. 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 guarantee their client receives the best information that can be achieved. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is always researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At WalshStreet Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a couple of tips you can do to trim turn times whenever you order an appraisal with WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Always order your appraisals online. When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete. Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to include with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

  4. Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it unique? It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible 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.

  5. Set proper expectations with the occupants. One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, having the thought that will increase the value and will put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

    Hearing it directly 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 increase their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!


  6. Why not use our website as a resource to keep tabs on the status of your report? 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.