I am often asked.... 50+ emails a day and 2 or 3 phone calls a week, to appraise items. Please keep in mind, this is how I earn a living. If I gave away everything that I had I would not be able to pay my bills, this includes my knowledge.
There are many factors that go into doing an appraisal no matter how informal it is.
I must have a photograph, a vague description gives me nothing to go one. I need to know if there are any marks on the item and what the provenance is, what information you have on the piece.
What do you want the appraisal for? If you want to resell the item at a garage sale the price will be lower than if you were wanting to put it up for auction at Sotheby's. The same applies if you have a shop and want the item to sell in one week -vs- whenever. If you are going to sell the
item on one of the online auctions, let the buyers dictate the selling price. Set your starting bid so that you are making a profit if the item sells at your starting bid. If the item is worth anything and you really want to get rid of it, it will sell for what it is worth in today's market place. eBay is a good indicator of the collectibles market.
If you need an insurance appraisal or replacement value appraisal this is also a different type of appraisal. You have no intention of
selling the item but if something were to happen to it you want to be able to recoup your money on it. This value is usually MUCH MUCH higher than what you can sell the item for. For this type of appraisal I highly recommend that you turn to your homeowner's insurance company and get a recommendation from them to find an appraiser.
Most certified appraiser's charge $150.00 - $200.00 and up per hour, depending upon your needs this may be a fair price. If you are in the KC metro area and want me to come in to your home and do an appraisal on a household or several items please give me a call and we can discuss price.
If you would like an online appraisal I charge $20 per item payable through Paypal using the button below. Once I receive payment I will email you and provide you with MY email address so that you can send me details and photos of the item in question.
You can also mail me photos of the item you want appraised here is my Appraisal Request Form. Please include the filled out form and a check or money order for $20 per item if mailing in your appraisal. Include your phone number or email and I will contact you when I receive all of the information.
One of the above methods are the only way that I will respond to requests for appraisals.
Here are 2 online appraisal companies as well as a list of resources here on my website that you can use to do your own appraisal. Click Here