Appraisals are important legal documents intended to establish the value of property for a variety of purposes. These may include:
WHAT'S IN AN APPRAISAL
Properly prepared appraisals are individual written reports and are not simple lists of property with numbers attached. The specific content and format of each appraisal report varies according to the individual situation, but each appraisal should contain the following information (as given in the Appraisers Association of America's Elements of a Correctly Prepared Appraisal):
Personal property appraisers are not licensed and anyone may call himself an appraiser no matter what his qualifications or lack of them. It is therefore crucial to choose an accredited, certified appraiser, one qualified in the field of the object to be appraised and knowledgeable in the legal, financial, and technical requirements of the appraisal. Our practice is limited to appraisals of European and American art. For collections involving property in other fields or disciplines we work together with colleagues known to us who have equivalent expertise in their areas. We are pleased to recommend reliable appraisers for projects outside of our field, but in all cases encourage clients to seek appraisers who are members of one of the non-profit appraisal organizations that test and certify members and who require adherence to strict ethical standards. These include the Appraisers Association of America and the American Society of Appraisers.
We have been professional appraisers for over twenty-five years and have been active in the appraisal profession as an educator, author, and practitioner. Our appraisals conform to the standards of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) established by the Appraisal Foundation , as well as the technical, methodological, and ethical requirements of the Appraisers Association of America and the American Society of Appraisers. Our work has been recognized and accepted by the Internal Revenue Service, courts of law, lending institutions, insurance companies, museums, and governmental agencies and we have been privileged to undertake work for some of the most distinguished collectors and institutions in the country. We welcome your review of our Client List as well as our Curriculum Vitae.
All appraisal work is charged on an hourly or per diem basis based on the time spent in examining the property and the research time involved in the preparation of the appraisal report. The appraisal fee is in no way related to the value of the object of the value appraised.
We welcome your inquiry concerning our appraisal services. For appraisals of individual items you may wish to include information concerning the work, together with dimensions and any relevant information, as well as a digital image (preferably in .jpg format). Except in special circumstances we do not undertake appraisals of items that we have not personally examined, but are pleased to review the material you submit without obligation or charge and suggest the best manner to proceed. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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