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25 Jan 2016

Asset Inventory Professional Achieves Appraiser Certification

The National Inventory Certification Association congratulates member Jo Soard for achieving appraiser designations.

JoSoardPRESS RELEASE – The National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is pleased to announce that Jo Soard, Certified Inventory Specialist and owner of the newly-reorganized Soard Appraisals and Inventory Services, has recently earned designations of a certified appraiser.

Soard completed both the Graduate Personal Property Appraiser (GPPA) and the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisals Practice (USPAP) designations on December 13, 2015. USPAP is a set of national Standards preferred by law offices and insurance companies and fully meet all federal and state documentary requirements.

To achieve this certification, Jo was required to attend 40 hours of classroom instruction along with many hours of research and study. The USPAP is a 15-hour course followed by a test. This is updated every two years so classroom time and the test is required to continue to qualify as a certified appraiser.

Jo started her inventory business, the Inventory Lady, as a third-party inventory documentation service. She focused on creating an inventory of personal property for homeowners and business owners, mainly to assist them with the insurance claim in the event of a loss.

There are many times when a client asks her to give a value of the items being documented. This encouraged her to become a certified appraiser. She is now able to address these needs as well, and explained, “I receive calls from people wanting to know how much their great–grandmother’s desk is worth. I’m also asked about the value of other family heirlooms or collections, and I was only able to do research for them but not able to provide the USPAP Appraisal Report.” A USPAP report is the information required by the IRS, insurance companies, attorneys, etc.

Merging these two services together created the re-organization of her previous business to what is now Soard Appraisals and Inventory Services. “Home inventories and appraisals are a perfect match to create a full-service opportunity for clients,” said Soard. When someone contracts an inventory service, they often ask for valuations. Other times, when someone is having a few items appraised, they see the value in having documentation of all of their contents. As Soard stated, “The two services compliment each other.”

About Soard Appraisals and Inventory Services

Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Soard Appraisals and Inventory Services provides residential and commercial asset inventory services and certified appraisals. For more information contact Jo Soard at  703.850.4744 or soard.inc@gmail.com

04 Jun 2014

Indianapolis, Indiana Inventory Professional Earns National Certification

National Inventory Certification Association congratulates member Jo Soard
for achieving the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS).

SoardNational Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is pleased to announce that Jo Soard, owner of American Home Inventory Professionals, has earned the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS). Achieving this designation through NICA confirms her knowledge and competence to provide thorough contents inventory services to businesses, homeowners, and renters.

A requirement for certification and membership is to agree to conduct business according to the Code of Ethics, which are approved standards for the personal property (home) inventory industry. Members of NICA hold themselves and each other accountable to ensure all clients are served with integrity, respect, and confidentiality.

Certification and Membership with the National Inventory Certification Association enables Ms. Soard to be associated with other like-minded inventory business owners. The asset inventory industry continues to grow, and becoming certified represents the dedication and professionalism of all members of this association. Adding this designation to her other industry credentials helps bring credibility to her company, individually, and national recognition to the industry as a whole. In addition to being certified, she is bonded and insured.

Known as “the Inventory Lady” throughout the Indianapolis Metro area, Ms. Soard began offering this much-needed service due to her family’s experience with Hurricane Katrina. As the awareness of the necessity and benefits of having a photographic and written record of personal property grows, the asset inventory industry continues to evolve. Choosing to achieve certification will enable Soard to stand apart from other asset inventory companies that have not yet achieved this designation.

Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Jo Soard, the Inventory Lady, provides residential and small business asset inventory services throughout central Indiana. Visit her website for more information.