The cost of an appraisal, for curiousity’s sake

It has come to my attention that most people dread seeking out the services of an appraiser because they have been told by a lawyer, accountant or insurance agent that an appraisal must be done.

Appraisals for such ‘must-have’ reasons (settling an estate, probate, marital dispute, tax reasons, insurance) run into the thousands of dollars, as many items are being appraised and researched and an exhaustively thorough industry-compliant report must be written.

However, as covered in a previous blog post, being interested in the item for its own sake also plays a strong part in people’s lives. Many simply want a straightforward appraisal done on one item, like a family heirloom, in order to get a current idea of its value – and to satisfy their own curiousity.

So, if you have an item that you would like to have appraised strictly for personal reasons, I can conduct an on-site, COVID-compliant inspection and provide an appraisal report for a very reasonable fee. You will receive a concise, written report that covers all the details and gives a range of its current value.

But if an appraisal report originally prepared for personal reasons is going to be be given to a lawyer or insurance agent, then an exhaustively detailed report must be prepared at extra cost.

That’s all for this week’s blog. Use the Contact form below to get in touch with me.

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