Why can’t you just tell me what my antiques are worth?
It is unethical, misleading and potentially risky for an appraiser to offer a Client unconsidered opinions of value verbally or in writing. In order to determine the worth of any object, the appraiser must first understand the objective and intended use of the appraisal. Will you be insuring your property? Donating it to a charity? Selling it? The market conditions and final appraised value may differ in each case. You’re engaging the appraiser to research the appropriate market, analyze the results and provide an informed, professional opinion of value.