The total appraisal fee cost is based on the amount of time of the on-site examination and any possible travel expense. If there is a
travel expense it will be quoted before any engagement. Our hourly billing fee is $120. The appraisal fee is based on a formula of two hours of in-office work after the examination for each one hour we are performing the examination. Example: We start the exam at 10am and complete the exam at 11am. The fee formula breakdown (1 hour on-site + 2 hours in office = 3 billable hours at $120 per hour for a total appraisal fee of $360).
Our minimum billing fee is based on a 1 hour examination. So, if we perform an on-site examination the appraisal fee will be at least $360. Once we exceed the first hour on-site we bill in 15 minute increments thereafter.
We typically examine between 15 – 20 items per hour. Some items have more value characteristics than others – for instance examining a painting as compared to a dining table. We are thorough for the sake of accuracy yet efficient in respect to your fee investment.
We total the appraisal fee at the completion of the examination based on the 1:2 hour formula described above and secure 50% of the balance by debit/credit card or personal check. When the certified appraisal report is completed and ready for delivery we secure the remaining fee balance and deliver the report.
The report is typically completed and delivered within 15 days of the date of examination. We can discuss a faster turnaround time if necessary. The certified report is delivered by email attachment in a digitally signed, secure PDF format. The full report can be printed from any desktop printer or emailed securely with a feature that does not allow the report to be altered.
There are simple but helpful things you can do that will aid in the accuracy of the report and reduce the cost of your appraisal.
Yes. We will do our best to work with your available schedule.
We do our best to schedule an examination within days, sometimes the same day.
As accredited appraisers we are removed from the buying and selling of the items we appraise. This fact protects you because it means we are independent and disinterested from the value, much different from a “free” appraisal from a dealer that would like to buy and resale your item. Since we do not “deal” we do not have the need for a walk-in retail store. We work from home offices and offer a full-service visit to our clients. We also can identify and certify the value of many items from a digital image and description that are provided via email.