What is personal property? Tangible, usually movable property such as furniture, art, appliances and general residential / business contents. Also called chattel. Items that are not part of the real estate / real property.
Are there different values for the same item? Yes, depending on the intended use of the appraisal. Insurance replacement, fair market value and orderly liquidation are some of the most frequently used levels of value. The appraiser should discuss this with the client prior to proceeding with the assignment.
How do appraisers charge? Hourly, per item or flat fees for the entire appraisal. They should never charge a percentage of the value of the items. For more information on our fees, go to the Services and Prices page.
Do appraisers buy the items being appraised? No. It would be a conflict of interest.
Are all appraisers the same? No. Choose an appraiser with experience in the category of items being appraised. They should also have a designation from a major appraisal society such as the International Society of Appraisers, of which I am a member.
How are appraisers credentialed? They qualify through major appraisal societies by taking courses, testing and proving years of experience. They should also be compliant and up to date with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).
Are personal property appraisers licensed? Currently, there are no state license requirements for appraising personal property. A full explanation can be found on an earlier blog post “Appraisers and Licensing“.
Are appraisers advocates? No. They are supposed to provide an impartial 3rd-party opinion regarding the items they appraise.