5 Steps to Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the most useful data possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since WalshStreet Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few tips you can do to decrease turn times whenever you order an appraisal from WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Order your appraisals on the Internet. With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This 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 we received the order.

  2. Make sure 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 helpful data to include with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might 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. Be sure to tell us about the unique details of this property. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics 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 characteristics 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 prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive sooner.

  5. What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect? One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Some current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the thought that an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. Having the thought that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by . So they choose to not schedule the appointment until they have cleaned.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little information 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. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment as quickly as possible!

  6. Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report. Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of your report's status.