5 Steps to Faster Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their process - all to guarantee the end user gets the best data. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is constantly acquiring new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At WalshStreet Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few tips you can do to reduce turn times each time you order an appraisal from WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? By ordering online, you automatically receive 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property data is essential. Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass along with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — however, remember that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ 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. Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it unique? Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property 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 characteristics 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 will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive faster.

  5. Does the homeowner know what to expect? One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. One common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, under the impression that will increase the value . So they put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

    Coming directly 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 your customers to our website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Are you using our website as a resource to verify 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. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of the status of your report.


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