5 Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to ensure the end user receives the most useful information possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is continuously researching additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since WalshStreet Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, below are a couple of items you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals you order with WalshStreet Appraisals:

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

  2. Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete. Having just one number incorrect 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 — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

  4. Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct? 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. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive more quickly.

  5. What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect? Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are clearly uneasy with the notion that an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. Not uncommonly they think they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, having the thought that will increase the appraised value . So they put off the appointment 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 make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even 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 promptly!


  6. Are you using our website as a resource to follow 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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.