A Few Tips for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to ensure the end user has the best information available. To stay current 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 you. Since WalshStreet Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of tips you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order with WalshStreet Appraisals.
- Order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- 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 good information to pass long with your request. Even a list of recent sales in the area 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.
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- Be sure to let us know about the property's unique elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know 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, it's prone to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. A common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will make the house appraise higher. So they put off the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some info 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report.
- 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 faster to track your report's status.