5 Hints for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their process - all to ensure the end user is presented with the most useful information that can be achieved. To keep up with the always changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is always researching new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At WalshStreet Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order with WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Always order your appraisals electronically. When you order online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property? 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 helpful information to pass along with your request. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — however, remember that professional appraisers are lawfully required to 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. Tell us up front of the property's unique details. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing features add 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 had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.

  5. What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect? One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. Many current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the idea that an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. Having the thought that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection and will put off the inspection until it is 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 your clients to this website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment promptly!


  6. Use our website to keep track of your report's status. No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 easier to track the status of your report.