Appraisal Process


Initial complimentary telephone consultation to determine the appraisal services needed/required and to discuss the appraisal steps in detail which are determined based on the clients needs/requirments/collection.


Once the initial project/assignment has been discussed and agreed upon we will schedule the on-site inspection (our office, clients home or location of choice) where our team will photograph, measure and physically assess the items for condition issues. This appointment generally takes 1-3 hours. If the collection is extensive and requires additional time the appraiser will make the client aware of the longer estimated time during appointment scheduling.


After the on-site inspection has taken place we return to the office to conduct preliminary research on all viewed items and determine which works within the collection are recommended for formal appraisal.



We will create a detailed proposal citing the items to be appraised, the time needed to complete the appraisal service and the estimated capped cost to complete said service. If during the process we find additional time for research/analysis is required or items are added to the report in which alter the quoted fees the client will be made aware and will need to authorize these changes prior to the appraiser proceeding.


Once written authorization by the client is given we will place the project on the docket and keep all parties involved apprised to our timeline as we progress.


Every appraisal report will include multiple photographs of each item, detailed descriptions, artist biographies (if applicable), provenance, condition assessments, detailed value/market comparables. Appraisals are compliant with the report writing standards of the International Society of Appraisers, the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and with IRS regulations (when required).


Delivery of the appraisal is generally 2-4 weeks, depending on the number of items being appraised, the appraiser’s schedule and the firms prior client docket.


Once the appraisal report is completed, the client will receive a digital PDF transmission and one (1) hard copy mailed by post. Additional hard copies are available upon request for an additional charge.

Heritage Appraisals is a leading authority on insurance coverage and charitable donation appraisals. We also service clients with their will & trust appraisal needs to name a few! Please browse the rest of our website to see a full list of the services we offer.

Contact Us for all of your appraisal needs. We are National Personal Property Appraisers certified through the International Society of Appraisers and USPAP compliant based in Michigan who specialize in Fine Art, Sculpture, Art Glass, Jewelry, Antiques, Silver & China.

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