As a generalist appraiser, I provide accurate, thorough evaluations of antiques and personal property.
I can appraise most items in households; I call on other specialists as needed.
DO I NEED AN APPRAISAL OR VERBAL VALUATION SERVICE?
An appraisal is a written document with a value conclusion by an appraiser or specialist of an item or collection of items.
Appraisals are typically required for legal purposes like:
insurance for owned items of personal property, from a single piece of art to an entire household
estate division between heirs or taxation for estates
tax deductions for donations.
A verbal valuation can be a range at which your item might sell under current market conditions
for all or one of the ways items sell on the open market:
at retail in a gallery or shop
from seller to buyer through venues like craigslist, eBay or estate sales, or
on the auction market through a reputable, auction house with well-advertised specialist auctions.
Do you need an appraisal or a verbal valuation service for your item or collection?
I am happy to help you as you determine your needs. Give me a quick call at (503) 422-3481.
THE APPRAISAL PROCESS
Formal written appraisals involve an in-person visit for examination and photography followed by office procedures including item identification, market comparable research, and report production. My normal value formula is approximately two-three hours of office time for every hour of inspection. This takes guesswork out of estimating costs for clients.
As an accredited appraiser that adheres to a strict code of ethics I can be compensated in one of only two ways – a fee per item or per hour of service. I charge per hour of service with a one hour minimum. I am happy to perform appraisals and verbal valuation remotely from photos as well.