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5 Tips for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process - all to ensure their client receives the most useful data. To stay current with the always changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At WalshStreet Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some things you can do to hasten the process when you order an appraisal with WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.

  2. Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete. 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 in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to 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 a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

  4. Are you letting us know up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct? It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features add 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 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 predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive faster.

  5. What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect? One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Not uncommonly they think they should make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will make the house appraise for more money . So they reschedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- some information 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 customers. Advise them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!


  6. Use our website to keep track of your report's status. 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 keep track of the status of your report.