Some Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. On a regular basis, 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 is presented with the most useful information that can be achieved. In order to stay current 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 more effectively. At WalshStreet Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some items you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals ordered from WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Always order your appraisals online. When you order online, you automatically get 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! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate information 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 must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different 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. Be sure to let us know about the unique elements of this property. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property add 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive faster.

  5. Let the homeowner know what to expect. One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. With the belief that it will increase the value, a few homeowners think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection and will put off the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little 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 lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!


  6. Easily verify the status of your report on our website. Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster to track the status of your report.