#1: Don't get taken by the off the wall companies. Check with your local banks first. They usually have a better deal. I hear that Costco also has a pretty good deal.
#2: Write up a statement that those charging will sign that they understand that an appraisal fee is for a service that is not dependent on a predetermined value and that it is not refundable. MIGHT help if someone decides to dispute it after they don't like your value. :roll:
#3: Many merchant card acceptance companies will not accept appraisers because of the number of disputes they have. Be Careful!!!
try Sam's Club also : business membership has such an arrangement!
(I don't use it but thought it sounded good.)
WRT the possibility of disputes (particularly if you do not hit their number)
I have decided to generate a document which states that the signer understands that the lender is the cleint, and that despite their payment for my service that I the appriaser may NOT communicate, not deliver a copy o fhte resultant report to them the individual, and that the purpose of the report is exclusively for the purpose of ... blah blah blah... ending with this is a legal and binding contract to pay for services rendered.
I *think* this will hold up in case of a dispute(?)
Cash or Personal Check made out to you, NOT your company; if the check fails at first, try one more time - if it doesn't go thru, file a comlaint with your local Police, make it formal & press charges for an attempt to defraud.
Surely an attention getter (bad check) definitely stands up in court