When my sister decided to sell her house, I felt she was not selling it for a high enough price. She thought that there was still a lot of work to be done on it, which is why she priced it so low. I was concerned that she was making a big mistake, and I urged her to get an appraisal first before listing it at the price she wanted. She finally agreed once she saw how inexpensive it would be to do this. I was able to find her a Sacramento appraisal company that was able to do it within just a couple of days, because she is not exactly the patient type.
I was actually a bit worried that I would not be able to find a company quickly enough, and then my concern turned to price once I discovered one. Thankfully, the appraisal company that she used was both quick and inexpensive. They had their prices right on their website, so she knew going in what it would cost. They also had their terms on their site, which included the 48 hour turnaround time for an appraisal.