Finding an appraiser is a challenging task, something that we normally don’t want to go out of our way to do, save that we suspect something we have is of great value. Finding the appraiser is just the first step. After you’ve interviewed one appraiser, you’ll interview a second appraiser. After this you will consult an additional appraiser. The reason behind this consulting of various appraisers is that people tend to tell different stories. Each appraiser believes his estimate is accurate. Learn how to get your item appraised for the best deal. Remember, your items, antiques, collectibles, and grandma’s old china are only worth as much as someone is willing to part with. You cannot force someone to pay the dollar amount you had it appraised for.
Get your antiques appraised, but do not sell them to the appraiser. Also, make sure you pay the appraiser to judge your antique. Free advice is usually not quality appraisal work.
Ask a bank manager where to find a good appraiser. If you want someone reputable, a bank manager or estate lawyer can really be helpful.
Find an appraiser through an association if your bank is unable to help you. Try the American Society of Appraisers.
Determine what type of appraiser you need. If your item is jewelry, precious stones, or gold, then you will want to get your antiques appraised by a Gem and Jewelry Appraiser. Old radios can be appraised by a machine appraiser. Paintings, chairs, tables, and other furnishings are the territory of the personal property appraiser.
Post your appraisal request/job on the web at the American Society of Appraisers. Follow the short list of questions, and the press the OK button to post your project. You should receive a call in a short while.
Learn to do your appraisals yourself. There are some appraisal tutorials online. If you do not use the Internet frequently, you could visit your chamber of commerce to find an appraiser or mentor. Go to the US Chamber of Commerce website to look up the location nearest your area. When you get the the chamber, ask for a list of appraisers in your area.
Interview many appraisers, depending on just how valuable you believe your antiques are.
Do not sell to an appraiser. Do not ask for free advice. Free advice is usually worth nothing.