Word of mouth paid off.
Our appraiser was very kind, thorough, and helpful. We were referred by a real estate colleague of our probate attorney after my husband's mom passed and we were inventorying her estate. Their reputation passed through two people to get to us and it was a great choice during a difficult time.
Worked out well
When my insurance company sent me a check for diminshed value I thought it was too low by thousands of dollars. I paid Richard to give me his appraisal. I sent that to the insurance company which compelled them to hire their own appraiser and resulted in several thousand dollars more to me.