Appraiser FAQ

Everything You Want to Know About Appraisals and Appraisers

  • What is an appraiser?

  • Why would I have an appraisal done?

  • Why choose a professional appraiser?

  • Why choose an ASA-accredited appraiser?

  • What type of appraiser do I need?

  • Where can I find a professional appraiser?

  • What are some questions to ask potential appraisers?

  • What are some things to watch out for?

  • What does an appraisal cost and how long does it take?

  • What do I get after an appraisal?

  • What is an Appraisal Report?

  • How long is my appraisal "up-to-date"?

  • What if I'm not happy with what I get?

  • How much does a personal property appraisal cost?

  • Should I call an appraiser before selling an Item or artifact?

  • Can't I just e-mail photos of my item?

  • How long does an appraisal for a personal property item take?

  • Why does an appraiser ask so many questions about my item?

  • What does “ASA” mean?

  • Who are the members of ASA?

  • What does it take to become accredited?

  • Why hire an independent appraiser (rather than a dealer or auctioneer)?

  • What can I do If I am not happy with a previous appraisal?

  • Is it ethical for an appraiser to help me sell an object or collection?

  • What if an appraiser offers to purchase an item he has appraised?

  • When donating to a museum, do I call the appraiser or the museum first?

  • If I'm donating an item to a museum, when is an appraisal required?