Gynell: has a great idea here!
A pre-listing appraisal can serve the seller immensely. A pre-listing appraisal serves to provide the seller and potential buyer with the accurate square footage and enables the seller to sell his home in a timely manner without leaving money on the table. Most appraisers I know offer a discounted fee for a pre-listing appraisal and many successful listing agents insist on a pre-listing appraisal for every home they list.
While the fair market value is the same, the reporting structure varies depending on the client. When performing an appraisal for a homeowner, the appraiser can forgo some of the forms required by most lending institutions and can therefore offer a lesser fee. In most cases, the appraiser still makes an on-site inspection, measures and sketches the home and compares recent activity of sales and other comparable listings in the neighborhood and report the current market conditions in the neighborhood. You can even ask for a Drive-by 2055 report to save some money. In that case the appraisal is limited to a drive-by view of the subject and comparables and makes' assumptions to the general condition of the property. Other sources are used to gather and verify details of the property such as tax records, MLS listings if available, etc.
In the Dallas Fort Worth Frisco area, we are offering Pre-Listing Appraisals all through the summer for $250 for properties less than 3,500 square feet and $200 for 2055 Drive-bys. Contact Gynell at 214-770-2501 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to place an order.