5 Suggestions for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure the end user gets the best data possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is constantly testing additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At WalshStreet Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals you order with WalshStreet Appraisals.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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 sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us
- Let us know up front of the property's distinct elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements unique to a property add 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 recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive faster.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. Some current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the notion a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Thinking that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will reschedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've been 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily track the status of your report on our website.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster way to keep track of your report's status.