Some Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to guarantee their client gets the best information available. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is continuously researching additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since WalshStreet Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order with WalshStreet Appraisals.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is 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.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with your assignment. 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 differ from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's unique characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. With the idea that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they delay the appointment until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Are you using our website as a resource to keep tabs on the status of your report?
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.