A Few Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the best information to be had. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order 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 tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order from WalshStreet Appraisals.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations 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 retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. And if you have a tax parcel number, plat map number, subdivision name or anything else that uniquely identifies the property, please pass it along. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, 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 an assignment we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us
- Let us know up front of the property's unique features.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
- Did you make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. Some current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the fact an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. A common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the inspection, thinking that will increase the value. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little info 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. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying 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.