RESOURCES & TIPS

Preparing for an Appraisal:

Decide which items are going to be appraised.  Make a list if possible.

Be clear about the purpose of the appraisal and the type of value you need researched.  Is it for insurance scheduling, estate tax, dissolution?  Insurance Replacement Cost or Fair Market Value?

Silver appraiser in Southern California
Silver appraiser in Southern California

Choose a time for the inspection when distractions will be minimized for you and for the appraiser.  A quiet environment is preferred.

Gather documentation, i.,e. receipts, certificates, previous appraisals, letters, exhibition catalogs.

Have all items unlocked and available.

Pull large furniture away from the wall, if possible.

Have good lighting available.

Separate sets of silver, china and stemware.  Provide maker and pattern names if known.

Unpack boxes of items to be appraised.

Have step stools and ladders available to reach items located up high.

Organization is the key to a time and cost efficient inspection.

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