Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their data gathering - all to ensure their client gets the most useful information. To keep up with the always changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is constantly acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At WalshStreet Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some items you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered from WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property? There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — 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. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

  4. Tell us up front of the property's unique elements. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property 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 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. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive faster.

  5. Set proper expectations with the homeowner. Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the fact that a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. Having the thought that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection . So they choose to not schedule the inspection until they have cleaned.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!

  6. Our website is a great resource for following 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to track your report's status.