A Few Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data to be had. To keep up with the always changing requirements, SafeValues Inc. is continuously acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since SafeValues Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are some tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered from SafeValues Inc..

Order your appraisals electronically.
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements 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! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
Being just one number off on the street address can really 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 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, don't hesitate to call us at

Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Many current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the idea an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. With the belief that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the inspection. And will reschedule the inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone 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 affect their home's value one little bit, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Why not our website as a resource to verify the status of your report?
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 instantly available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.