Guide to Ordering an Appraisal

It is always best to involve an appraiser early in the process as we usually need 2 to 4 weeks to complete a typical assignment.

Fees for a commercial appraisal are significantly higher than for a home appraisal and are based on the amount of time we think it will take to complete the assignment. Please keep in mind that if you need an appraisal for federally regulated financing, the bank or credit union has to order directly.

Otherwise, this is what we need to get you a quote:

  • Address, assessor parcel number or map and tax lot number
  • Property basics such as: site size, building size, year built, property type
  • Property Use – owner occupied or tenant(s)
  • Purpose of appraisal or consultation- estate planning, rent survey, potential sale price, sale negotiation, divorce, condemnation, litigation, feasibility analysis, etc.
  • Intended users of the appraisal
  • When you ideally need the results

If engaged, we’ll send a one page service agreement for signature and request for a retainer (typically 50% if we haven’t worked with you before)

We’ll then set up a time to look at the property (we’re usually onsite 30 to 60 minutes) and request documents.

The following documents (if available) are typically requested to begin work:

  • Environmental Phase I or II reports
  • Title Report
  • A list of capital expenditures over the past 5 years
  • If proposed construction: Site Survey, Construction Documents & Budget
  • If pending sale: Purchase and Sale Agreement
  • If leased: current Rent Roll, Leases, Profit & Loss Statements for past 3 years