Good stuff Woody!
For anyone considering getting an appraisal for non-lending work, please read. Woody makes a compelling argument for why you do not want to engage an appraiser based on fee. Anyone who is looking for the best local appraisers should do their research to get the best possible unbiased results.
I have one further suggestion regarding this issue and that is to ask other appraisers who they would recommend as well as local Realtors. Between the other appraisers and a Realtor, the likelihood is that you will get steered in the right direction. It is not worth saving a few dollars only to lose thousands on an inadequately researched and developed appraisal.