5 Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best information to be had. To stay current with the always changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is continuously acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since WalshStreet Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, here are some things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered from WalshStreet Appraisals.
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Being just one number off on the street address can really 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the idea an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. Many commonly think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will increase the appraised value. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Tell them to 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 as soon as possible!
- Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
- Why are you still playing phone and fax tag when our website offers up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7? As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.