• All of my appraisals are written and conform to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and the standards set forth by the International Society of Appraisers (ISA). Appraisals can be obtained for a variety of reasons:

    • Insurance Coverage

    • Damage Claims

    • Family Division

    • State Probate

    • Conservatorships

    • IRS tax purposes (charitable donation)

    • IRS tax purposes (taxable estates)

    • Bankruptcy

    • Divorce

    • Any other purpose for which a written appraisal is needed or desired

  • Broker

  • Often a client decides that he or she would like to sell an item, but they are not sure where to send the item to fetch top dollar. Free of charge, The Appraisal Specialist, LLC, will broker your item, making sure that it receives placement in the right specialty auction

  • Consignment

  • At this time, The Appraisal Specialist, LLC is not accepting consigments.  We are, however, happy to provide you the names of local eBay stores, consignment shops, and persons conducting estate sales as part of our consultation service.

  • Consultant

  • Information provided during a consultation is not an appraisal, and I do not provide a written document to the client. If you need a written document showing the value of an item, you must obtain an appraisal.

    Consulting often involves a verbal approximation of value (“VAV”). VAV’s can be helpful when a client is trying to:

    • Gather information about items (e.g., what was this item used for?; is Grandma’s old vase worth $5 or $5000?)

    • Sort through a non-taxable estate

    • Determine whether they would like to sell or keep an item

    • Obtain information about the best market for selling an item

    • Decide whether to buy an item or get an existing item restored

  • Damage Claims