Some Steps to Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee their client gets the best information to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Salt Lake Appraising Company is continuously acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. At Salt Lake Appraising Company we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some items you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order from Salt Lake Appraising Company.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off on the street address can really 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. 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.

You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive quicker.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are clearly uneasy with the fact a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Some think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the idea that will increase the value. So they delay the inspection until it is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
Use our website to follow your report's status.
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. There's no faster way to track your report's status.