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To find an appraiser
Check with the following:
- The American Society of Appraisers, 800.ASA-VALU or 703.478.2228 www.appraisers.org ,
- Appraisers Association of America 212.889.5404 www.appraisersassoc.org
- International Society of Appraisers 206.241.0359 www.isa-appraisers.org
- National Association of Professional Appraisers 617.720.0332 www.professionalappraisers.org/index2.html
- Call the clerk at your local probate court and ask who the court uses for appraisals.
- You can get a detailed virtual appraisal at www.ValueMyStuff.com The site is based in England and the home page shows British pounds. For U.S. dollars, select the currency on the 'Pricing' page before you proceed.
- Books: Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America 212.757.9395 www.abaa.org
- Jewelry: National Association of Jewelry Appraisers 410.261.8280www.najaappraisers.com/html/find_an_appraiser.html
- Livestock and Farm Equipment: American Society of Agricultural Appraisers www.amagappraisers.com
For an estimate on a specific item, hire a specialist on an hourly basis if you can't find an appraiser.
When choosing an appraiser:
- Look for someone with experience and education relevant to the items you are selling,
- Do not hesitate to ask for evidence of expertise.
- Watch out for conflict of interest. Do not rely on the appraisal of a dealer to whom you are considering selling the item.
- Ask about the cost of an appraisal.
- The charge should be based on the amount of time it takes to inspect a piece, do research and prepare a written document if you need one.
- You can often obtain a free appraisal from a dealer or auctioneer who hopes to get the object to sell.
When working with an appraiser:
- Be clear about the reason for your appraisal. Appraisal values differ depending on the use. For instance, appraisers give a lower value to items that are being valued for estate tax purposes.
- Show the appraiser the item, not a photograph. Photos are not as reliable as in-person inspections.
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