5 Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client has the best data to be had. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is constantly testing additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At WalshStreet Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals ordered with WalshStreet Appraisals.
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
- Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass long with the request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us
- Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive without delay.
- What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Many homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the thought an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. Thinking that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
- 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 is instantly available to you online. There's no easier way to keep track of your report's status.