- Auction Houses
- Insurance Companies
- Estate Attorneys
- Divorce Attorneys
Prepare for the inspection
- Decide which items you want to have appraised.
- If there are items in the basement, closets, garage, or storage units, make sure they are accessible. Unpack items in drawers, boxes, trunks.
- Put things of like kind together.
- Arrange china and glass by patterns.
- Sort sterling from silverplate if possible.
- Gather receipts, certificates of authenticity, photographs, or earlier appraisals and place them with the appropriate items.
- Move large pieces of furniture away from the wall if possible.
- If this is an estate appraisal and if there is a will, make sure that all items specifically bequeathed are available for inspection.
Fees are generally billed at an hourly rate. For every hour spent onsite, there is generally three to four additional hours needed in the office. Off-site time is spent inputting collected data and pictures into a professional appraisal program, researching each item using our extensive reference library and subscription-based electronic databases, and preparing the written report.