A Few Hints for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure the end user receives the best data possible. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, West Valley Appraisal Services is always researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At West Valley Appraisal Services we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a handful of tips you can do to reduce turn times whenever you order an appraisal with West Valley Appraisal Services.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, feel free to call us at

Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. With the belief that it will increase the value, many homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the inspection. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Easily track the status of your report on our website.
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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.