5 Hints for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user has the best information possible. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, West Valley Appraisal Services is always testing additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. Since West Valley Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, below are some things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered from West Valley Appraisal Services.

Order your appraisals electronically.
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt 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 — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us

Tell us up front of the property's unique details.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive faster.
Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. With the idea that it will make the house appraise for more money, many homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the inspection. So they delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some 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 likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to track your report's status.