Whether you are having your real estate, motor vehicle, antiques, art or other valuable possession appraised, there are always things you can do to ensure that your experience with an appraisal service in Maryland is more rewarding and effective. From verifying that your appraiser is trustworthy to learning more about your property, an appraisal should leave you confident in every aspect of the experience. With this mind, here is a closer look at six key questions we recommend clients ask whenever having something appraised, to ensure that your appraisal experience is a positive one.
What are your qualifications?
An appraiser ought to have the proper education, experience and other qualifications for the job, and that can vary based on what it is you are having appraised. Before meeting with appraisers, do a little research on your specific area. And remember, any reputable appraiser will be more than happy to show proof of qualification.
Can you provide references?
Beyond the basic qualifications, references from former clients whose cases were similar to yours can help you get an idea of how professional, transparent, responsive, trustworthy and generally reliable your appraiser will be. Again, an appraiser with nothing to hide will be happy to provide both credentials and references.
What is your fee?
If an appraiser claims to be free, you should not do business with them, as it’s more likely than not that they are involved in some sort of scam. Beyond that, you should also make sure you have a strong hold on what the fee is, what it includes and when and why you might have to pay extra. Make sure you fully understand all this before signing any kind of agreement.
What will my appraisal report include?
Will the appraisal report include thorough details, and will it be acceptable to your insurance agency as proof of value? Will the report be compliant with the standards put forth by the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)? Any worthwhile appraiser will easily be able to address these queries.
Is there anything I can do to boost my belonging’s value?
Beyond cleaning and keeping it in good condition, there is not much you personally can do to change the value of an antique or a piece of art. But when it comes to vehicles and real estate, there is a wide range of measures you can take. If you have an especially helpful appraiser, they might be able to give sound advice on this subject.
Is there any historical significance to my item?
First and foremost, people have things appraised so that they can know their monetary value. But with art and antiques, especially family heirlooms, there is also some value in knowing the historical or cultural significance of the piece. A good appraiser should be able to accommodate this request.
Whatever you are having appraised, the team here at Jane Campbell-Chambliss & Associates, LLC would be happy to address any and all queries you may have. We are proud to be your trusted appraisal service in Maryland.