Some Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their data gathering - all to guarantee their client gets the most useful information. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is always seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since WalshStreet Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of things you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order from WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the order 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  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. You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

  4. Let us know up front of the property's distinct elements. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive more quickly.

  5. Does the homeowner know what to expect? Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the fact that an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. Under the belief that it will increase the value, many homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection and will delay the inspection until it is cleaned.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a little bit 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 them to this website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Use our website to keep track of your report's status. 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of your report's status.


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