Five Tips for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure the end user is presented with the most useful information. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is continuously testing new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since WalshStreet Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order with WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Always order your appraisals electronically. By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.

  2. Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to include with the assignment. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. You're always welcome to call us at 323-936-9970 if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

  4. Be sure to tell us about the property's unique details. Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive quicker.

  5. Does the homeowner know what to expect? Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Under the impression that it will increase the value, some homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection . So they delay the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a little bit 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. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!


  6. Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website. No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.


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