Some Tips for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure the end user is presented with the most useful analysis. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Appraising UTAH LLC is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Appraising UTAH LLC knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order with Appraising UTAH LLC:

  1. Always order your appraisals on the Internet. With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order 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 nor will you wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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 sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. You're always welcome to call us at 435-586-9696 if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

  4. Be sure to tell us about the property's unique features. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. 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. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.

  5. Does the homeowner know what to expect? One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Some current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the fact that a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Some think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will increase the value . So they reschedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Easily follow the status of your report on our website. 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 is available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.

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