To Settle Estates – an appraisal performed at Fair Market Value, useful in satisfying IRS or legal requirements that is also beneficial in assisting in disbursement of property, and/or for distribution among heirs.
For Insurance – an appraisal performed at Retail Replacement Value so adequate coverage may be arranged. This can be done on a single item, a collection or an entire household.
For Donation – an appraisal performed at Fair Market Value to determine the value of charitable contributions.
For Equitable Distribution – an appraisal performed to determine value of combined assets prior to division, most commonly for divorce settlement or dissolution or partnerships.
All appraisals are done objectively. Our first step in preparing an appraisal is understanding the client’s requirements. This is followed by essential research and careful valuation of the items. The resulting product is a written document incorporating these elements and identifying the property’s value for the stated purpose. Costs are based on an hourly fee.
Our appraisals conform to USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice), the accepted practice for all IRS appraisals (for donation and estate settlements).
Consultations- We provide a number of consultation services to support you in managing your collection or valuable assets, including:
Advise on potential auction purchases and bid on behalf of clients
Establish an estimate of value, or Professional Opinion of Value (POV) on your items for your personal information - this is not an appraisal intended to be used for tax or financial purposes
Manage your collection by helping you understand the scope of your collection. We will help you set up an inventory including how to write descriptions, includeimages, estimated value, etc.
We provide assistance in “right-sizing” your collection – this may mean adding or perhaps reducing it's size.
We can review auction house proposals if you are considering selling items at auction.
Brokering and Selling -
We can act as agents to arrange private sales of estates, collections or single items (or in some instances purchase the items directly).
We can assist heirs or executors of estates in making informed decisions regarding liquidation or distribution of property, including identifying the most appropriate venue (and managing the process).