INDEPENDENT APPRAISAL SERVICES
General Household Contents
Art as Collateral
Annual Inspection & Condition Reports
All of our appraisals are USPAP compliant and follow a structured format as follows:
We will conduct a brief discussion with you by phone to learn of your specific goals and needs and then ask you to fill out our short client questionnaire. This helps us fully understand the scope and timetable of work expected for your project.
Once we have discussed your specific needs, we will draw up a contract outlining the services we will provide you as well as our terms and rate, and present the contract to you for signing.
During our on-sight appointments we will bring everything necessary to inspect your items within the comfort of your home. We will provide you with a time estimate before the appointment so that you can schedule accordingly.
Our appointments typically include: Examination & Documentation of Your Items
We will photograph, measure, and thoroughly examine the condition of each of your items and, when necessary, utilize tools to help us accurately record and assess the condition and quality of your items during our research.
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
During the research and development phase, we use our professional resources to check comparable items within the appropriate markets whether that be at auction, gallery or in private sale. In addition, we carefully evaluate the markings, tags and other identifying factors of your piece. If needed, we will consult with experts in the field to confirm our findings. These steps ensure that our appraisal is accurate and thoroughly researched to protect you and your personal property.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS AN APPRAISAL?
An appraisal is the valuation of property by the estimate of an authorized person. At Dix & Doherty, we provide professional independent appraisals of personal property, which includes everything from fine art to antiques and collectibles.
WHAT FACTORS EFFECT AN OBJECT'S MONETARY VALUE?
In short, there are many factors that can effect an object's monetary value. As qualified appraisers, we will create a full report for you that outlines the numerous aspects effecting the valuation of your object from condition, scarcity, documentation, historical importance and current market conditions. Our goal at Dix & Doherty is to provide our clients with a clear and comprehensive assessment of the conditions effecting value.
WHAT WILL YOUR APPRAISAL LOOK LIKE AND CAN YOU PROVIDE A SAMPLE?
We would be happy to schedule a free consultation with you where we can learn more about your individual needs and provide you with a sample report of our work.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET MY APPRAISAL UPDATED?
In general, every 2-3 years due to rapidly fluctuating market conditions.
DO YOU CONFORM TO USPAP STANDARDS?
Yes, both Briggitte and Marge have passed the USPAP exam and strictly adhere to the ethical and professional standards outlined within USPAP guidelines for professional appraisers, as well as the ethical standards outlined by the Appraisers Association of America of which both are members.
WHAT IS YOUR RATE STRUCTURE?
At Dix & Doherty, we charge an hourly or flat rate fee that is competitive within our local market. Our fee structure follows USPAP Guidelines; meaning our fee is never based on your item's value. We are happy to further discuss our rate structure with you; contact us for more information.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED AN APPRAISAL?
Appraisals are often required or recommended for many personal and legal situations. An appraisal may be necessary in the instances of settling an estate for taxes, equitable distribution, or liquidation, documenting donations you have made for charity and IRS verification, verifying values for insurance in the instance of replacement or loss, valuing property for divorce and documenting inventory with a comprehensive inventory appraisal for a trust.