5 Steps to Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to ensure their client gets the most useful analysis. To keep up with the always changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is always researching new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At WalshStreet Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a couple of items you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal from WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Always order your appraisals electronically. By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property data is key. Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to pass along with the assignment. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

  3. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

  4. Be sure to let us know about the unique features of this property. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive without delay.

  5. Be sure the homeowner knows the plan. Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the fact that an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. One common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, believing that will increase the value . So they put off the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!


  6. Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status. 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 keep track of the status of your report.