People should ask a variety of questions of appraisers, but I am happy to give you my answers to some of the following questions that are posted on the website of the International Society of Appraisers:
What qualifies you to appraise my property?
Each ISA appraiser completes an appraisal methodology course and is tested for competency, in addition to having documented professional references and thousands of hours of professional experience. At this time, ISA members are also required to have 30 semester hours of coursework completed from an accredited college or university. As members we are committed to continued education - I am a proud alumnus of the University of Washington's art history program.
As you can see on my CV page, in addition to my BA, I have more than four years experience in a very high-volume auction house, and I currently work for an experienced appraiser writing appraisal reports to ISA standards - and setting eyes on hundreds of items per week.
If you require an expert in the type of item you wish to have appraised and I do not feel I am qualified to appraise that type of item, I am happy to assist you in finding the perfect appraiser that also has appropriate appraisal experience.
Are you USPAP compliant?
Yes, I have taken the 15 and 7-hour USPAP (the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) courses required of appraisers, which is required of ISA members but are not compulsory for appraisers who choose to be subject matter experts without belonging to an appraisal organization.
What is your fee and on what basis do you charge?
I charge by the hour, with a one hour minimum. ISA appraisers abide by a code of ethics that prohibits fees based upon the value of an item.
What will the appraisal report be like?
Every ISA member is trained to write appraisal reports with full descriptions based upon the type of use for the report, with color photos and clear, complete documentation to support our valuations.
Do you buy items you appraise?
I do not purchase items people present for appraisal. The ISA's Code of Conduct prohibits conflicts of interest, and taking an assignment with a financial interest in your property would be unethical.
In my work for Cleveland Jewelry Buyers I serve as an inspector for a buyer, but I do not purchase the items I inspect.