5 Hints for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee the end user gets the best information possible. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Salt Lake Appraising Company is always testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Salt Lake Appraising Company we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few things you can do to hasten the process each time you order an appraisal from Salt Lake Appraising Company.
- Order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order 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 the order was received.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — 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 welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Be sure to tell us about the unique details of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. 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. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know 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 prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Many current homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the thought an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. Having the thought that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little knowledge 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
- Why not our website as a resource to follow your report's status?
- 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.