What Do Appraisers Have to do With Me?

The information found in this section of the ASA website was designed just for you – consumers of appraisal services – to learn more about appraisals, appraisers and why you should be picky when you decide to hire a professional appraiser. We invite you to explore our FAQs and our Consumer Library for tips on collectibles and much more.

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What is an Appraisal?

An appraisal is a valuation of property provided by a professional appraiser such as those designated by ASA. A professional appraiser will prepare a comprehensive report for their clients which provides his/her opinion of value at a given point in time for any type of property whether it be a business, a diamond, an electricity-generating windmill, a sculpture, a house or more.

Preparing an appraisal involves research, analysis of all pertinent information and the proper experience, knowledge and judgment to make a reasonable and supportable opinion of value.

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