5 Suggestions for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process - all to ensure the end user receives the most useful information that can be achieved. To stay current 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 more effectively. At WalshStreet Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to lessen turn times each time you order an appraisal with WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Always order your appraisals electronically. By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial. 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 is great information to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — however, remember that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

  3. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

  4. Be sure to tell us about the unique characteristics of this property. Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements contribute 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive quicker.

  5. Set proper expectations with the homeowner. One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Many homeowners are clearly uneasy with the idea that an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. Having the thought that it will increase the value, many homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by . So they put off the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little info 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 several pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others describing 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 soon!


  6. Our website is a great resource for verifying the status of your report. No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.