A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the best information possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is continuously acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since WalshStreet Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few items you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal from WalshStreet Appraisals.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Being just one number off 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 include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Tell us up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. 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. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive quicker.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. With the notion that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will put off the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
- 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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been faster to keep track of the status of your report.