A Few Steps to Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee their client gets the best data. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is continuously seeking new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since WalshStreet Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few things you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals ordered with WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to include with your assignment. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — however, remember that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us

  4. Tell us up front of the property's unique characteristics. Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements unique to a property contribute 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive quicker.

  5. Let the homeowner know what to expect. Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the thought that an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. Having the thought that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by and will delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a short explanation 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. Our website has lots of pages of relevant 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 meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!


  6. Use our website to follow your report's status. Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster to keep track of your report's status.