At A Quality Appraisal, there is not a day that goes by where we do not think of new ways to improve our systems and appraisal product. We use all of the latest gadgets and methods to improve appraisal speed and accuracy including tablets in the field, laser measurement, top-of-the-line software, multiple monitors, and regression analysis. Even with all of these innovations, we know there are still ways to improve our product.
One area of appraisal that is difficult to improve upon is the human factor. The typical appraisal requires many hours of looking at a computer screen analyzing data. Appraisers in Portland, OR and everywhere experience data overload, exhaustion, and loss of focus. Recently, I found one unique solution that has made me more productive and feeling good after a long day in the office — a treadmill desk.
A treadmill desk is a standup workstation that allows one to walk at a slow speed while working. The health benefits of walking or standing rather than sitting are well documented. However, a common reaction among most people is that walking would interfere with productivity, concentration, and the ability to type. Like with many things in real estate appraisal, perception is not reality.
I’m not comfortable sitting in a chair and I fidget or I get tired. On a treadmill I feel great and rarely lose focus. My brain is free to think while my body is distracted with walking in the same way most of us have ideas while showering or driving.
If you’re looking for a way to do more appraisals that are more accurate or anything else that requires a desk and computer, I highly recommend a treadmill desk. If you’re looking for a Greater Portland Area appraiser who is not afraid to look at a problem differently and make changes to the old ways of doing business, contact us; we’re walking past our competition.
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