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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an appraisal?

An appraisal is an opinion of value or cost, based on an informed judgement, supported by facts. The appraisal report identifies the property and summarizes the appraiser’s analyses and the rationale for the conclusions. 

Why do I need an appraisal?

Our clients need appraisals for a variety of reasons. Common situations that require an appraisal include: insurance coverage, estate planning, donations, equitable distribution, damage claim losses, division of property, and valuation related to an anticipated purchase or sale of property. We also frequently provide appraisals for clients who would like us to identify and value their property for general knowledge.

Will you help me sell my artwork?

Unfortunately, we can not sell your property. Professional appraisers must maintain a financial disinterest in the property they appraise. This allows impartial, accurate valuations without a conflict of interest. We are happy to refer regional galleries and auction houses that are good resources for selling your personal property.

Will you be able to provide the appraised value of my item at our appointment?

At your appraisal appointment, the appraiser will discuss the appraisal process with you, document your property, take photographs and measurements, document any information you have about the purchase or history of the items, and answer any questions or concerns you may have. We will provide values once we have conducted research, possibly reached out to gallerists, artists, or other experts, and prepared an appraisal report.

How much does a typical appraisal cost?

We approach each appraisal project individually. We provide a free appraisal consultation to each client. Once we discuss the items you would like appraised and the intended use of the appraisal, we will provide a personalized estimate for your appraisal project. No fees are charged until you decide to move forward with your appraisal.

For example, the price for an appraisal of single artwork by an established artist may cost a few hundred dollars, while a larger collection that requires extensive research will cost more. The price is based on an hourly rate for the appraisal. Contact us for a free appraisal consultation.

I need an appraisal for an item not listed on your website. Can you appraise it?

We are happy to discuss your appraisal project with you. If you need items appraised that are not in our field of expertise, we are happy to collaborate with other appraisers to create one larger document that includes many types of personal property or refer you to another appraiser who specializes in your property.

Can you provide an appraisal for the IRS?

Yes. The IRS states that "a qualified appraiser is an individual with verifiable education and experience in valuing the type of property for which the appraisal is performed." As a Certified Member of the International Society of Appraisers with Bachelor of Arts and Masters degrees in Art History, Pamela is a qualified appraiser, providing USPAP compliant appraisals for our clients.

Do you travel for projects?

Yes! We frequently appraise property in Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Mercer Island, Bainbridge Island, and the San Juan Islands. We only add travel fees for appraisals that are located more than 30 miles from Seattle. Projects outside of this range will include a small transportation fee in the estimate.

*Please contact us with any additional questions - We are happy to help

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